Michael Broadbent is one of the most experienced lecturers and writers on wine and has to his credit an unmatched combination of qualifications, international honors and awards.
Born in Yorkshire, England, in 1927 – a very good Port vintage!- he trained as an architect, but at the age of twenty-five changed his career and entered the wine trade first with Layton’s, next with the West End Wine merchants, Saccone and Speed, and, from 1955 with Harvey’s of Bristol. In 1966 he resigned as Sales Director to restart wine auctions at Christie’s which soon dominated this very specialized business. In fact he is perhaps best known, internationally, as a wine auctioneer having pioneered wine auctions in Amsterdam, Geneva, Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and the United States.
Amongst other positions held, he has been President of The International Wine and Food Society, Chairman of The Institute of Masters of Wine, Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers and Chairman of The Wine & Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society.