Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781838184629

Publication Date: 11 July, 2022

Pages: 528

The South America Wine Guide

The definitive guide to wine in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia & Peru

Amanda Barnes


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Winner of the John Avery Award at the André Simon Awards 2021

Winner of Debut Drink Book of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2022

Winner of Best World Wine Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2022

‘Amanda is a fount of knowledge on South American wine.’
Jancis Robinson MW OBE

‘Blink and you miss what’s happening in the turbo-charged wine industries of South America. Amanda Barnes doesn’t blink. Her authority is based on ten years submersion in some of the fastest-moving sources of good wine on earth; essential information, beautifully presented.’
Hugh Johnson OBE

The South America Wine Guide is indeed a magnus opus – an outstanding piece of academic research. It is the most comprehensive work on South American wine ever published… It is also the first time I have read a wine reference book in which the prose moved me to tears, set off a sense of longing, haunted me with history, and inspired me with excitement for the future.’
Tamlyn Currin,


The South America Wine Guide by Amanda Barnes is the result of a decade of research and interviews conducted by the author while travelling around and living on the continent. In collaboration with over 60 regional specialists, The South America Wine Guide comprehensively details over 70 wine regions and maps out in stunning detail 40 wine regions — many of which have never before been mapped or documented in the English language.

With charismatic and engaging writing, the author artfully explores 500 years of wine history and insightfully puts the wines of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and beyond into context today. This monumental book reveals new and exciting discoveries for even the most seasoned wine expert, while remaining approachable for those just beginning their foray into the world of wine.

What’s in the South America Wine Guide?

  • A comprehensive guide to the wine regions of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru (including terroir essentials and influencing factors, most important grape varieties and top producers)
  • A history of wine in South America up to the present day
  • In-depth analysis of Latin American wine production today, including the most comprehensive database of wine production in South America to date
  • Focus features on the revival of old vines and historical regions, as well as new emerging wine zones and wine styles
  • Maps of the different wine regions
  • Colour photography
  • Wine producer profiles
  • A selection of wine recommendations from over 3,000 samples tasted

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Additional information

Weight 1.24 kg
Dimensions 240 × 180 × 50 mm

1 review for The South America Wine Guide

  1. Michael Holloway (verified owner)

    Dear Amanda

    I have just purchased the print copy and thought I’d drop you a quick line to congratulate you on a really excellent and beautifully produced book. I am really pleased with my decision to buy it.

    I have lots of wine books including many written by some of the most well known writers. Whilst most are enjoyable, many suffer from being a bit “stuffy” and pretentious – something which your book is completely free from. The prose is interesting and engaging and there are some lovely photographs.

    I am developing a particular interest in wines from Argentina and Chile in particular and the book is a further step in directing me to a wider look at both countries. I have also enjoyed wine from Uruguay and have tasted a few wines from both Bolivia and Brazil (via Decanter events) and I am interested to learn more about these countries’ products too.

    Congratulations on writing and producing such a superb and very enjoyable book. Best wishes for great success to match the critical acclaim.

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Amanda Barnes is an award-winning wine writer who has been based in South America since 2009 and is a regular correspondent for Decanter magazine and the Editor of the Circle of Wine Writers. She has tasted over 1,500 Malbec wines and eaten over 800 Chilean oysters in her time travelling on this fascinating continent, and is currently studying to become a Master of Wine.

For more information, visit Amanda’s website at