“The books that taught me about wine were about places and people. It’s the history and stories about a wine that bring it to life and make it worth talking about.”
– Steven Spurrier
Taking our lead from Steven, our aim at the Académie du Vin Library is to bring you the very best wine writing of the past, the present and the future. Some of our books are undisputed classics – refreshed for today’s reader but without losing any of the charm, or wisdom, of a more innocent time. Our new titles are, we believe, destined to become the classics of the future: easy to read, easy on the eye, and all with something new and important to say.
We like to think of ourselves not just as publishers and booksellers, but as a community of wine lovers, united by a passion for learning more about what makes the wine world so special. We hope you will join us. Happy reading!
When first published in 1989 The Story of Wine won every wine award in the UK and the USA. It is widely regarded as Hugh Johnson’s most ambitious and enthralling book. Packed with compelling vignettes and captivating characters, The Story of Wine takes us on a journey from Noah to Napa, from Pompeii to Prohibition, from Plato to Pomerol. It allows the reader to understand the wine world as it exists today, and explains how great wines have their roots in the customs, traditions and history of their individual countries. It is available to buy now here.
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CLASSICS OF THE PAST…
Re-issues of some of the finest wine books of the past, specially selected, updated and enhanced by the Académie du Vin Library. Elegantly bound and printed, each of our classics offers a treasure-trove of knowledge and wine wisdom that now demands a new audience.
…and CLASSICS OF THE FUTURE
New titles, covering every aspect of the wine trade that have been selected for their uniqueness and readibility. They include a new series of specially commissioned guides to grape varieties and wine styles written by acknowledged experts in their fields.
“If you want to know why Bordeaux is so much talked about, read this book from the most knowledgeable insiders and most entertaining outsiders.”
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