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I have many different editions of this book and I have to say this is my favourite up to yet. It has grown in size covering many more regions with clear and easy to view maps and guides. Everything is in here from viti to vini! The book is huge and the printing quality absolutely spot on. The book comes in a sturdy slip case and oozes quality. The pages are bright and clear and include everything you could possibly want to know about the various regions, grape varieties, terroir, classification systems in place by many different countries even tips on storage etc. It even gives tips on what to look out for in the wines and how to taste.

I'd recommend this book for anyone interested in wine, even if you know very little or are a top enthusiast and just want a reference volume. In the internet driven world you'd be forgiven for thinking that everything you need to know is out there on the web. However, this book has it all and it clear maps are a godsend. You can spend an age searching for a decent map of a given region on the web, yet this book has a perfect map for every region right there amongst its pages.

This would make an excellent gift for any wine lover out there and I am sure they'd love you for it.
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I have reviewed a number of wine books for the Vine programme. Whilst I am not a connoisseur of fine wine, I enjoy drinking it and experimenting with the more unusual wines and vineyards. I have found books to be an invaluable source of information and ideas of what to buy and try.

This book is no exception. It exudes quality, the paper is thick, the photographs are full of colour and the page layout is very clear. The information is extensive and I like how the book divides wine growing into the Regions, as it makes it much easier to follow. The book explains the history, background, vineyards and shows everything on maps of the Regions.....wonderful.

This is a well written wine encyclopedia, with virtually all the information you could need for understanding and buying wine. Everything is clearly written and laid out. Simply put I cannot recommend this book enough.

Brilliant.
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I agree with the chorus of praise this book has received. It is beautifully produced and packed with information.

Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson are phenomenally knowledgeable, and they have used that to produce a world-class reference work which is also a pleasure to browse in. It has beautiful, detailed maps and interesting, readable text so that opening a page at random is very enjoyable just for a browse, but there is a lot of proper expertise here with an excellent index and in-depth articles on things like the factors which affect the quality of Bordeaux wines and so on. Each country gets a proper introductory overview and detailed (in some cases like Bordeaux, micro-detailed) analysis of regions, all backed up with excellent maps, pictures of labels and the like.

Truly, anything the non-professional would ever need to know about wine is here, and it's plainly used as a reference by professionals, too. It is, therefore, a very substantial volume at nearly 400 large-format pages, and the only slightly negative thing I have to say about it is that it is heavy enough to be a challenge to the wrists after a very short time - but then extensive reference books have to be weighty, and it's fine to read on a table or your lap. I'm delighted with this book and would warmly recommend it to anyone with an interest in wine at any level: it's crammed with authoritative information and a pleasure to read and to look at.
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I first picked up this book in about 1984 when it was on its second edition and cost about £70 in today's money. Since then, the scope of the Atlas has widened, the number of pages increased and its price has fallen in absolute and relative terms. It is still the essential reference book for the serious wine drinker, collector, enthusiast or trade professional, along with Jancis Robinson's Oxford Companion to Wine.
Before we discuss the maps, it is important to appreciate that this is an excellent reference book in its own right. There is a host of information on the history of wine, grape varieties, climate, soil, diseases, cellaring and storage, bottling techniques, fermentation, etc. The maps and estate profiles focus heavily on the classic wine regions of the Old and New World - no surprises here - like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhone, Alsace, Tuscany, Piedmont, Rhineland, Napa, Barossa. But as the wine world has evolved over the last 40 years (since the book was first published), new regions have been added like Central Otago in New Zealand or England. Regions that have undergone a renaissance (such as Sicily or Puglia in Italy) have been expanded. Each region (or sub-region) mapped includes potted estate profiles and domaine / regional descriptions and characteristics. There's a glossary and gazetteer too. Given that this is an erudite work and its scholarship impeccable, the price is a bargain.
I only took off one star due to the fact I am a New World wine enthusiast and the Atlas has always been weaker in this area - e.g. Chile and Argentina. Also as an Old World wine producer, Portugal (outside Douro) is poorly served. As a geography professional and a map specialist (leaving aside my passion for wine) I have always thought some of the cartography could be better but I think these are highly specialised maps - the problem is some of the base topographic mapping that they use is quite old. But these are constructive criticisms in the context of a fine book with a solid pedigree.
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Format: Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is a truly impressive book in every respect; size, quality and content. The cover is solid and substantial and the pages are printed on heavy weight glossy paper. It is well laid out; making it a useful reference and the maps are beautifully drawn. This is the seventh edition and is bang up-to-date.
The book starts with the history of wine making, from the ancient world to the modern wines that we drink now. It examines the vines on which the grapes used for wine making, and the "terroir" in which they are grown, the grape varieties, internationally and nationally and the making of the wine in the vineyards and cellars. It then looks at the barrels in which the wine is stored, and in some cases aged, and the various methods of stoppering the bottles. There is also a very interesting section on the modern winery and the new thinking that has brought about the production of many new wines.
However, the main body of the book is dedicated to a most comprehensive description of the world's wine making regions, and the wines produced in them, classified by country. Central to the classification are very detailed maps of each wine growing region, showing the contours of the area and the location of the towns, villages and vineyards. Each wine type is examined in detail and each producer is ranked according to the quality of the wines they make.
The book can be read sequentially, or the reader can "jump" into a selected wine using the very comprehensive index. It is not only interesting, it is educational; if you like wine, and like books, this is a must.
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on 28 January 2014
I can't add much to what has already been said here but you have to admire the scholarship, research, dedication, visual and verbal flair, and sheer enthusiasm that's gone into this marvellous book. Drinking wine is even better fun when you know about its origin and there isn't much worth knowing that you won't find here. This is by far the best and most bibulous atlas I've ever had the pleasure to own and you could share in the delightful experience if you just shuffle and click that mouse. Cheers!
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Format: Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I agree with the chorus of praise for this book. It is beautifully produced and packed with information.

Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson are phenomenally knowledgeable, and they have used that to produce a world-class reference work which is also a pleasure to browse in. It has beautiful, detailed maps and interesting, readable text so that opening a page at random is very enjoyable just for a browse, but there is a lot of proper expertise here with an excellent index and in-depth articles on things like the factors which affect the quality of Bordeaux wines and so on. Each country gets a proper introductory overview and detailed (in some cases like Bordeaux, micro-detailed) analysis of regions, all backed up with excellent maps, pictures of labels and the like.

Truly, anything the non-professional would ever need to know about wine is here, and it's plainly used as a reference by professionals, too. It is, therefore, a very substantial volume at nearly 400 large-format pages, and the only slightly negative thing I have to say about it is that it is heavy enough to be a challenge to the wrists after a very short time - but then extensive reference books have to be weighty, and it's fine to read on a table or your lap. I'm delighted with this book and would warmly recommend it to anyone with an interest in wine at any level: it's crammed with authoritative information and a pleasure to read and to look at.
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Format: Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Having ordered this tome, I discovered that I had the first edition (from the '70s) stuck at the back of a bookcase... so it is interesting to see how it has changed over the past decades.

The new version has a very similar layout - but the maps look cleaner and better.
There are (obviously) many more and different wines to choose from, but they are in the same order as the original (France first and then in a descending order of something) the rest of the world ending vaguely in New Zealand and other small wine producers.

Lots of useful information at the start about the history and industry of wine, a discussion of the various types of grape etc., but the book is mostly pages and pages of Wine. Which is a Good Thing.

The original is now in a charity shop somewhere in Worthing... and I shall now enjoy this new version.
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on 6 April 2014
It's a really good book. I have been wine tasting for about a year and a half, however I have only started to take it seriously and really want to improve for about 6 months. I asked one of the guys at my wine tasting group who has been wine tasting for a little over 20 years, if he'd recommend any books, he recommended this. I later asked my wine merchant who agreed. I'm not a total novice, but neither am I an expert. I found the tone of the book, and the style of writing really helpful. The book is not so expert I find it hard to enjoy, and not too basic to make it boring. It's pitched very well for someone like me. The first 40 or so pages are general information on wine making, terroir, grapes etc. Then it moves on to the atlas section, with comments on the region, lot's of data and the like. It's a great book and I am enjoying it.
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VINE VOICEon 20 November 2013
Format: Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
What a bargain this book is. It is an informative, interesting, educational, pleasurable, unpretentious, beautifully illustrated 400 page tome. It is full of essential facts about the wine regions in all of the significant wine producing countriess of the world and many of the smaller less well known ones too. The descriptions of the various wines and tasting notes are a great guide which allows you to get to know old favourites better and introduces you to new varieties destined to become essential additions to your wine cellar. The tasting notes are also jargon free which is a plus for someone like me who finds wine bores full of pretentious verbal diarrhoea extremely irritating. There are lovely maps and photographs which are an added bonus. If you enjoy wine and would like to discover more this book is for you.
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