About Us

First and foremost we are wine lovers! The Académie du Vin Library was 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.

What we do

We publish two kinds of books.

Our newly commissioned titles aim to bring you the best of modern wine writing. 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. It really is wine writing at its finest.

We also publish beautiful new editions of old books that we firmly believe demand a new 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.

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Join the club!

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. Sign up to our newsletter here to hear more.

And we are always keen to work with like-minded companies in the world of wine, from educators to merchants to wine makers. If you are interested in selling our books, please see our Trade Partners page here. If you would like to work with us in any other capacity please contact us here.

Meet the Team

Simon McMurtrie

Chairman & Publisher

Hermione Ireland

Managing Director

Tim Foster

Art Director

Susan Keevil


Peter Scannell

Operations Manager

Ed Coombs

Finance Manager

Gyongyi Somlai

Marketing Manager

David Parkinson