Please find a list of current publications and reference books about the vineyards and wines of Great Britain, including viticulture and history, with information on how to obtain a copy of any:


Sparkling Wine

by Stewart Wilde
Stewart Wilde Sparkling Wine book Cover








Published: April 2019
ISBN: 9781851499052
Price: £12.95 online and in good bookshops

An effervescent accompaniment for the wine enthusiast

  • Over 50 vineyards across the UK listed
  • Directions, maps, opening times included
  • Other information includes grape varieties, wine lists and tasting notes

About the author

After practicing as an architect in his early career, Stewart Wilde changed tack and followed his passion, wine. Working in the UK wine trade for several years, he acquired and nurtured an intimate knowledge of the vineyards of England and Wales.

The Wine Producers' Handbook

by Belinda Kemp and Emma Rice

Published: 31 October 2018
ISBN: 9781903872-30-7
Price: £12.95 + postage and packaging

About the guide

A beginner’s guide to starting your own vineyard and winery in Great Britain

  • Gives the lowdown on developing the necessary skills and raising the finance
  • Covers the details of obtaining the correct equipment and winemaking techniques
  • Offers specialist advice on designing/promoting/marketing your wine
  • Packed with anecdotes and case studies of people who have set up their own vineyards

About the authors

Dr Belinda Kemp is a senior scientist in oenology at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. She is a graduate of Plumpton College and gained her PhD in viticulture and oenology from Lincoln University, New Zealand.

Emma Rice was a previous editor of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, and is now an oenologist and winemaker and runs her own business Custom Crush UK Ltd offering wine analysis and winemaking expertise. She is also Head Winemaker and a Director of Hattingley Valley Wines Ltd, in Hampshire.

To order your copy please go to and to obtain a £5.00 discount enter the following code under Redeem Voucher

A Celebration of English Wine

by Liz Sagues, foreword by Oz Clarke
A Celebration of English Wine
published March 2018
ISBN 9780719826146
e-book ISBN 9780719826153

The book that brings the story of wine in England and Wales to everyone who is interested in drinking it. A 2,000-year account, from vine-growing Romans to the world-beating sparkling wine producers of the 21st century, covering aspects such as climate and location, grape varieties, how sparkling and still wines are made, inspirational people and places, food matching, what the future might hold. Inspiration and information combined!


176 pages, 177 colour photographs

Widely available, including direct from the publisher, Crowood

(Robert Hale, rrp paperback £16.99, e-book £12.99)

UK Vineyards Guide 2016

by Stephen Skelton MW

Published: March 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9931235-1-1

5th edition of the most comprehensive guide to the UK wine industry. Includes:

  • The biggest list of vineyards in the UK, including contact details and size
  • Listing by region, county, size and A-Z
  • UK wine industry facts and figures
  • Short history of viticulture in the British Isles
  • Wine quality schemes in the UK

Available from Amazon £12.95

Winegrowing in Great Britain

by Stephen Skelton MW

Published: September 2014

Wine Growing in Great Britain is an A to Z of growing grapes for wine production in the UK and other cool climates. For anyone contemplating planting and establishing a vineyard and for those already growing vines on a small scale who perhaps wish to expand their vineyards and improve their winegrowing skills, it will be an invaluable guide. It will also be of interest to students of viticulture and wine studies. The book covers not only the viticultural tasks involved in setting up, establishing and managing a vineyard, but also, uniquely, covers the financial aspects of cool climate wine growing: the costs of land, vineyard establishment and management, and the income from both grape and wine sales. Available from £30.00 + p&p

UK Vineyards Guide 2010

by Stephen Skelton MW

ISBN: 978-0-9514703-4-3

The most comprehensive and in-depth guide to the UK wine industry:

  • History of viticulture in the British Isles from pre-Roman times up to the modern day
  • Viticulture and vinification techniques
  • Vine varieties
  • A guide to vineyards in the UK, the Channel Isles and Republic of Ireland

Available from Price: £22.95 + postage and packing.

The Winelands of Britain: Past, Present & Prospective

by Professor Richard Selley

Published: 2008

ISBN 978-0-9547419

This book - now its 2nd edition - describes how geology and climate control the landscape in which a vineyard stands and the soil in which it grows. It shows how the northern limit of British vineyards has advanced and retreated correlative with climate change for the last 2 millennia. Using the latest predictions of UK warming it maps the areas where different grape varieties flourish as far ahead as 2080. Order from

Viticulture - An Introduction to Commercial Grape Growing for Wine Production

by Stephen Skelton MW

Published: April 2008

ISBN: 978-0-9514-7031-2

Since 1986 Stephen Skelton has been lecturing for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in London, the UK and Ireland to Diploma students on the subject of Viticulture. This book is an expansion of those lectures and is an introductory guide to the subject. It covers the basic principles of grape-growing for wine production and is aimed at wine-trade and WSET students, together with Master of Wine candidates. Available ONLY from £16.50 + p&p.

Vine varieties, clones and rootstocks for UK vineyards

by Stephen Skelton MW

Published: August 2014

VINE VARIETIES, CLONES AND ROOTSTOCKS FOR UK VINEYARDS is "a guide to the varieties of grape vine, clones and rootstocks suitable for wine production in Great Britain and other cool climates". It contains reccomendations for vine varieties for different types of wine, clones for sparkling wine and rootstocks suitable for the UK. PLEASE NOTE: THIS BOOK HAS THE SAME CONTENT AS CHAPTER FOUR OF "Wine Growing in Great Britain". Available from £12.95 + p&p