First and foremost we are wine lovers! The Académie du Vin Library is a new imprint founded by Steven Spurrier and friends, dedicated to publishing the finest wine writing of the past, the present and the future. The story behind the name came from Steven’s days in Paris in the 1970s, when he began running wine appreciation courses for his English-speaking friends. Read more here.

Our list is small – and will never be large – because we value quality over quantity. We choose our books with care – above all for their readability, but also because we genuinely believe they have something important to say about the world of fine wine that will enhance your drinking pleasure.


We publish two kinds of books. 

Our Enhanced Classics are re-editions of old books that we firmly believe demand a new and more specialist audience. Rather than simply republishing the books, we add updates and additional material that we think will appeal to a modern readership without in any way destroying the charm or the essential wisdom of the originals. Fine wine writing, like wine itself, represents an accumulation of knowledge over the ages. Our aim is to pick the best and to let it breathe again.

Our New Titles will follow a similar ethos. We are not out to emulate the many excellent fact-filled volumes that form the backbone of modern wine publishing. Our books are there to provide the colour, the background and the essential understanding on which any true enjoyment of fine wine depends.

Among the new titles currently in the pipeline are Chateau Musar, the first in a series of illustrated books profiling iconic wineries of the world; and In Vino Veritas, a sparkling compendium of wine wisdom and wit from the past and the present that we hope will make the ideal Christmas gift for the wine lover ‘who has everything’. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more details of our forthcoming books.


We are more than just a publishing company. We aim to build a community of like-minded winos, who can exchange news and views, keep up with the latest developments in the wine industry, and participate in exciting wine tasting events across the world.

That’s the reason why we’re creating the Académie du Vin Library Member’s Club – your personal passport to a fascinating journey through the world of fine wine, coming in August Click here to register your interest in becoming a member.


We’re a small company, but passionate about what we do. We look forward to meeting you somewhere across the wine world or at our book launch events.


Simon McMurtrie
Chairman & Publisher


Martin Preston
General Manager


Steven Spurrier
Brand Ambassador


Susan Keevil


Lilla O’Connor
Sales & Marketing Manager


Ed Coombs
Finance Manager


Clare Malec
Events Manager

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Peter Scannell
Fulfilment Manager