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  • Jancis Robinson
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  • Jancis Robinson
14 Feb 2005

Tibor Gál died immediately last Thursday night 10 feb when he lost control of his car while returning from work at Baron Alexander von Essen's Capaia winery in South Africa. For more details of this tragic accident see the excellent grape website.

This experienced winemaker first came to international prominence in the early 1990s when he made some of the best-received vintages at Ornellaia in the Maremma for Marchese Lodovico Antinori, encouraging a rash of subsequent investors in vineyards on the Tuscan coast. He had his own GIA winery in Eger, Hungary in partnership with Nicoló Incisa della Rochetta of Sassicaia in the Maremma and American importers Kobrand. He also had a small stake in Capaia near Stellenbosch.

He leaves a wife and four children.