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:
A new book by the UK wine industry’s foremost authors, Stephen Skelton MW, is being published in April this year – this time charting the history of the British glass industry and its innovators.
The Knight Who Invented Champagne is the story of how developments in the British glass industry in the early part of the 17th century led to the production by Sir Kenelm Digby of strong glass bottles, the so-called verre Anglais. These ‘shaft and globe’ bottles, strong enough to contain the pressure of a second fermentation, led to the production of bottle-fermented sparkling wines and ciders.
A new and innovative English wine book
- Story of wine in a single English region
- Focus on two renowned estates
- Both headed by women
- Brands wine consumers know and love, celebrating 25th and 50th anniversaries
- Highlighting sustainability, wine tourism
About the author
Liz Sagues is an award-winning wine journalist, whose previous book A Celebration of English Wine (Robert Hale, 2018) brought to wine consumers a story neglected for a decade.
Wine Growing in Great Britain is 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, this book will be invaluable. It will also be of interest to students of viticulture. Published in 2020, the 2nd Edition has been updated and expanded to cover new developments.
Wine Growing in Great Britain covers not only the viticultural tasks involved, but also, uniquely, covers the financial aspects of UK wine growing: the costs of land, vineyard establishment and management, and the income from both grape sales and wine sales.
Paperback from £31.99 from Amazon store
An Introduction to Commercial Grape Growing for Wine Production
"Viticulture" is an introduction to the professional world of growing grapes for wine production and is aimed at the serious student in the wine trade, WSET Diploma student or Master of Wine candidate. It is also aimed at anybody considering owning or planting a vineyard who wants a basic primer to the subject. It is written in an easy-to-read style, arranged in fourteen relatively short chapters and illustrated with over 100 photographs and charts. It covers every aspect of viticulture, starting with a chapter on vine physiology, continuing via varieties and rootstocks, vineyard establishment, and the annual cycle in the vineyard and ending with pests, diseases and vine nutrition. The book is all you need to know about grapegrowing in 168 pages and since it was first published in 2007 has sold over 10,000 copies all around the world. The 2nd Edition, published in late 2019, has been updated to take account of modern developments in vine growing.
Price £22.50 - £27.50 depending on sales website
Both wine handbook and armchair companion, English Wine is an essential book for all lovers of wine.
It's brilliant. Exactly what's wanted - Hugh Johnson
'Utterly riveting and brilliant in a way that only Oz knows how to be...' - Victoria Moore
'The writing sparkles and delights, much like a glass of south coast fizz...a great source of wine inspiration.' - Susy Atkins
Oz Clarke has long been a champion of English wines and this book helps you find the best wines, from fizz, whites, some impressive reds and even dessert and orange wines. The opportunity to meet growers, winemakers and winery owners is what draws people to visit wineries and 'have an experience in the vineyard'. From Yorkshire to the far west of Cornwall and across to Wales, a small but dynamic part of the UK's wine movement, Oz recommends wines he has enjoyed and found interesting and encourages you to try for yourself.
About the author
Oz Clarke is one of the world's leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach.
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
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 www.posthousepublishing.com 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
published March 2018
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
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
UK Vineyards Guide 2010
by Stephen Skelton MW
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 lulu.com Price: £22.95 + postage and packing.
The Winelands of Britain: Past, Present & Prospective
by Professor Richard Selley
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 www.winelandsofbritain.co.uk
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 lulu.com £12.95 + p&p