December 3, 2008

A Guide to the Wines of England & Wales

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Books

A Guide to the Wines of England & Wales

I should just mention that I haven’t yet seen this new publication; the details below are from the press release but seeing how little coverage is given to the English/Welsh wine industry I thought worth reposting unchanged.
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English and Welsh wine enthusiasts are in for a treat. A Guide to the Wines of England and Wales has just been published and is now available in all good bookshops and on line retailers, priced £14.99. Packed with up to date information and a wealth of illustrations, this new book provides a topical and unique insight in to the English and Welsh wine industry.

A Guide to the Wines of England & Wales is compiled by the award-winning Wine Behind the Label team whose books have scooped all three of the major wine-writing awards in the UK. This is the first of their series of regional wine guides, researched in-depth to give a fully comprehensive overview of the industry. Over 100 vineyards are captured in full colour, packed with essential facts and background information, including their location, a profile of their leading wines with tasting notes and interviews with the vineyard owners themselves. For the first time ever there is a section devoted to the industry’s leading winemakers, with profiles on each, which provides even greater insight into the state of play of the vineyards and their regions.

The book opens with an historical perspective and asks if wine was produced here by the Romans or only imported. The intervening centuries also have an interesting story to tell.
An erudite essay by Richard Selley, Emeritus Professor of Geology at Imperial College, London, charts the impact of climate change on viticulture. Richard is an acknowledged expert and author on the geology of English winelands.

There is a buzz around wine production in England and Wales with much interest and focus on climate change and its implications for the 300 plus vineyards. Rumour has it that imminent overseas investment will also be providing a Renaissance to our own wine industry.
Many well-established winemakers are now producing award winning wines and competing on the world stage for recognition. English and Welsh wines are served at State Banquets, a tribute to their quality. More than 60 vineyards have tasting rooms/shops attesting to the growing popularity of visiting regional vineyards and tasting and buying home produced wines. The book also details the wide variety of grapes grown and the many styles of English and Welsh wine produced. Read about the pioneering vineyards that have put English wines on the map, and those planting their first vines, which will not be producing bottled wine for another 5 or more years.

This book is an ideal travelling companion or reference book for anyone wanting to delve further in to the world of English and Welsh wine.”

A Guide to the Wines of England and Wales is available from for £10.59.

  1. Wine Bloke December 3, 2008

    English wine should be sampled at any opportunity in my experience! Usually quite refined, and a real foil for the strong alcohol New World wines that have taken over the shelves in supermarkets.
    Love your Captcha by the way :)

  2. Dylan December 6, 2008

    That’s a great niche publication. I like how they’ve taken the angle of exploring the vineyards to provide an in-depth look of their wine products. The layout is visually appealing as well. Overall, this is certainly a proper move forward to draw attention to, as you said, a wine industry with little coverage. Seemingly the next step would be to provide these vineyards with a Blogger/WordPress/Tublr/Etc type platform where they can continue keeping interesting readers involved in their vineyard.


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