Jancis Robinson, world-renowned wine writer and critic shares her knowledge of wines and terroirs with Soneva-guests in 2020. Robinson hosts wine events at Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani, Soneva Kiri and in London for Soneva Enthusiasts


Casual wine lovers and fanatics will not want to miss their chance to further broaden their knowledge of grapes and vintages with Jancis Robinson, the highly-acclaimed and influential wine writer, critic and expert. Soneva, the luxury resort operator, has announced that Robinson will be hosting a number of events at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani (March 28 – April 3, 2020) in the Maldives, and at Soneva Kiri (April 4-11, 2020) in Thailand.

These events will include wine tastings, wine pairing dinners and organic wine discussions. On September 4, 2020 she will also be hosting an exclusive wine tasting event in London for Soneva Enthusiasts.

At Soneva Fushi, guests can take part in a biodynamic wine tasting at Out of the Blue on March 29 and on March 30, she will host a wine dinner and Talker’s Table at Down to Earth. While at Soneva Jani, on April 2, she will host a wine dinner and Talker’s Table at So Imaginative.

On April 06, guests at Soneva Kiri can take part in a wine tasting session and wine dinner hosted by Ms. Robinson. Later in the year, on September 4, 2020, Soneva will be inviting Soneva repeaters who are small wine makers to an event where they can present their wines to her and a small group of other Soneva Enthusiasts. The event will be a casual evening of gourmet canapés and fine wine, to be held in London. 

In 2018, Robinson was voted the world’s most influential wine critic in polls in the United States, France and internationally, even though she prefers the term wine writer.


Robinson began her storied career in December 1975 as the assistant editor of the British magazine Wine & Spirit. Today she writes daily for, voted the first ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010. Wine aficionados can read her stories and reviews each week in the Financial Times. 

She is founder editor of The Oxford Wine Companion, co-author of The World Atlas of Wine with Hugh Johnson (8th edition just out), and the co-author of Wine Grapes – A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours. The 24-Hour Wine Expert, published in 2017, is a practical and accessible guide to the essentials of wine that anyone with an interest in wine should read.

Now, she travels the world conducting wine events and as a wine judge. In 1984, Jancis was the first person outside of the wine industry to pass the Master of Wine exams. In 2003 she was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she currently advises. In just one week in April 2016 she was presented with three international awards: France’s Officier du Mérite Agricole, the German VDP’s highest honour and her fourth James Beard Award in the US. She recently launched, with young British designer Richard Brendon, one ideal wine glass designed to make the most of all wines and champagnes.

Soneva’s cellars are the ideal backdrop for these wine events, boasting some of the most interesting collections for island resorts, including artisanal vintages as well as biodynamic and organic wines. Soneva Fushi alone has more than 200 premium magnums of wine, all of which are available by the glass. Soneva’s newest Tastemakers video series has an episode dedicated to the resorts’ Sommeliers and their mission to pair wines with moments, occasions and locations.



In 1995, the award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. Located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi pairs Robinson Crusoe fantasy with intelligent luxury. 

Stay in one of the 64 private villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms. Each comes with their own stretch of beach, most have their own pools, and are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine coral reef. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers. 

Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, exploring the cosmos at the high-tech Observatory, the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms, five hundred wines to choose from, nine different restaurants both on the island itself and at Out of the Blue, the recently completed two-storey overwater structure and countless destination dining options.

Soneva launched its floating villa concept, Soneva in Aqua, a luxury two-cabin yacht that sets sail from Soneva Fushi. Explore the treasure trove that is the children’s Den, that comes with a Lego room, dress up room, two pools, a water slide and more. There is a multi-purpose facility that encompasses the Maldives’ only hot glass studio, the glass gallery, and boutique where guests can learn the art of glassblowing. 

If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either. 



Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties and products, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world class hotels to outstanding natural locations. Combining luxury with a conscientious approach to sustainability and the environment, and proactively changing the nature of hospitality, it delivers intuitive service and meaningful experiences to the guests. Soneva currently owns and operates Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. 

This year, Soneva marks its 25th anniversary since Soneva Fushi first opened its doors to guests in 1995. Throughout 2020, Soneva’s resorts will be hosting a calendar of events and celebrations to recognise many of the ground-breaking achievements and industry firsts the brand has made during its 25-year journey.

For more information, please contact:

Terry Dehdasthy, Communications Director, through