Focus on wines of England and Wales

12 December, 2008

The English and Welsh wine industry ha s been put under the spotlight in the first of a series of regional wine guides.

The book features information on

more than 100 vineyards, including location, a profile of their leading wines with tasting notes and interviews with the vineyards' owners.

There is also a section devoted to the industry's leading winemakers and an essay by Richard Selley, Emeritus Professor of Geology at Imperial College, charting the impact of climate change on viticulture.

"The book details the wide variety of grapes grown and the many styles of English and Welsh wine produced," said Julia Trustram Eve, marketing manager of English Wine Producers. "Read about the pioneering vineyards that have put English wines on the map, and those planting their first vines, which will not be producing bottled wine for another five of more years."

A Guide to the Wines of England and Wales has been compiled by the Wine Behind the Label team, whose books have scooped all three

major wine-writing awards in the UK. It is available in paperback from

good bookshops and online retailers from this month, priced 14.99.




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