Jancis has been writing about wine since 1975 when she became assistant editor for the trade magazine Wine & Spirit. In 1984 she became the first person outside the wine trade to become a Master of Wine. She also served as British Airways' wine consultant, and supervised the BA Concorde cellar luxury selection, from 1995 until she resigned in 2010.
As a wine writer, she has become one of the world's leading authors of educational and encyclopaedic material on wine. The Oxford Companion to Wine, edited by Robinson and now in its 4th edition, is widely considered to be the most comprehensive wine encyclopaedia in the world. The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Robinson, now in its 7th edition, is a classic of the wine world while Wine Grapes was the first-ever winner of all six major wine book awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jancis Robinson has also presented her own 10-episode wine course on BBC television, has an honorary doctorate from the Open University, and was made an OBE in 2003. Her further accolades include multiple James Beard, Glenfiddich and André Simon Memorial Awards, and in 1999 was made Person of the Year by Decanter magazine.
Once a columnist for Wine Spectator, she now writes weekly for the Financial Times and daily for her own award-winning website. She also provides advice for the wine cellar of Queen Elizabeth II.