Meet Martin Fuller
I developed a serious attachment to wine from about age 7 when my wonderful Father used to bring out old, cobwebbed bottles of wine from his cellar. It didn't take long for me to beg, scrap and steal sips out of these intriguing bottles and developed an early taste for wine; helped in no small measure by being blessed with a keen sence of smell.
My father, not to outdone, took to purchasing lots more and so began my quest for knowledge. Various diplomas later, emigration to South Africa and more courses I became a wine adviser for a large liquor retailer. Boring of this and looking to be nearer the action, I did a stint of winemaking at a small farm in Stellenbosch. The pay was awful and being a material kind of bloke then, I opted to make money in a more lucrative industry.
I never gave up my interests in wine however and continued to stay abreast of developments. Then the boom in the 80's, great changes in the local wine industry (becoming less controlled) and I decided to make a move into wine writing. So I completed more diplomas and wine judging exams and started to hone my writing skills.
I am now writing for various magazines locally and internationally on a freelance basis. This affords me the opportunity to remain close to what is happening in the industry and to developing good friendships with many top wine makers. I also host wine tastings and am often called upon to educate potential wine lovers like myself.