About the book

Wine Grapes Jancis Robinson Julia Harding José Vouillamoz                                         Wine Grapes Jancis Robinson Julia Harding José Vouillamoz

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Wine Grapes is an indispensable book for every wine lover, carefully researched, written and assembled by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz (see About the authors).

Where do wine grapes come from and how are vine varieties related to each other? What is the historical background of each grape variety? Where are they grown? What sort of wines do they make? Using the most cutting-edge DNA analysis and detailing almost 1,400 distinct grape varieties, as well as myriad correct (and incorrect) synonyms, this particularly beautiful book examines viticulture, grapes and wine as never before. Here is a complete, alphabetically presented profile of all grape varieties relevant to today’s wine lover. The book charts the relationships between them (some of them exclusively revealed in this book), including many ground-breaking family trees. The book includes details of where all these varieties are grown, their characteristics in the vineyard, and – most importantly – who makes the best wines from them and what their wines taste like.



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Presented in a stunning design with eight-page gatefolds that reveal unique and often astounding pedigree diagrams and a rich variety of full-colour illustrations from Viala and Vermorel’s century-old classic ampelography, the text will deepen readers’ understanding of grapes and wine with every page.

Combining Jancis Robinson’s world view, nose for good writing and good wines with Julia Harding’s research, expertise and attention to detail plus José Vouillamoz’s unique level of scholarship, Wine Grapes offers essential and original information in greater depth and breadth than has ever been available before. This is a book for wine students, wine experts, and wine lovers everywhere.

See In the beginning was the grape and The founder vine varieties, both published in the Financial Times on 13 October 2012, and this interview with Jancis (in French) by wine writer Michel Bettane.