The Oxford Companion to Wine (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780198705383

Jancis Robinson; Julia Harding
908 Pages
228 x 281 mm
Pub date
Sep 2015
Oxford Companions


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Winner of the 2016 James Beard Book Award for Beverages 

Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume immediately attained legendary status, winning every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, as well as writer and woman of the year accolades for its editor on both sides of the Atlantic. Combining meticulously-researched fact with refreshing opinion and wit, The Oxford Companion to Wine presents almost 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable, from regions and grape varieties to the owners, connoisseurs, growers, and tasters in wine through the ages; from viticulture and oenology to the history of wine, from its origins to the present day. More than 180 esteemed contributors (including 58 new to this edition) range from internationally renowned academics to some of the most famous wine writers and wine specialists in the world. 

Now exhaustively updated, this fourth edition incorporates the very latest international research to present 300 new entries on topics ranging from additives and wine apps to WSET and Zelen. Over 60 percent of all entries have been revised; and useful lists and statistics are appended, including a unique list of the world's controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties, as well as vineyard area, wine production and consumption by country. 
Illustrated with almost 30 updated maps of every important wine region in the world, many useful charts and diagrams, and 16 stunning colour photographs, this Companionis unlike any other wine book, offering an understanding of wine in all of its wider contexts—notably historical, cultural, and scientific—and serving as a truly companionable point of reference into which any wine-lover can dip and browse.

New to this Edition:

  • Comprehensively revised and updated throughout
  • 300 brand-new entries
  • Significant new updates on hundreds of topics such as Chinascrewcaps, and the origins of viniculture
  • Impressive global coverage of wine regions, including new entries on AlaskaLesothoNorway, and Tahiti
  • Includes brand-new colour photographs and black and white line drawings
  • Maps of wine regions have been updated


"Written with authority, and sometimes a humour so sly you have to do a double take, this [fourth edition] is still the best place to turn for answers to all your wine queries." - Henry Jeffreys, The Guardian Best Drink Books of 2015

"If someone is to own just one wine book, Ms. Robinson's mighty effort is the fail-safe proposition." - Wall Street Journal

"become an armchair expert with the renowned Oxford Companion to Wine" - BBC Good Food

"magnificently comprehensive book ... If you're a wine novice, this one volume could teach you more about wine than any other; and if you're a full-time wine professional, you will still find much in here that you didn't know ... no editors could have brought us a volume closer to perfection than Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding have done" - Andrew Jefford, Decanter

"Thousands of wine students across the globe will rejoice in this unparalleled work of reference and see it as an essential starting point for further study. As a source of well-honed, succinct definitions, the Companion is invaluable ... The revisions for this new edition have been admirably and impeccably thorough ... Even if your bookshelf already groans under the weight of the previous edition, purchasing this revision will be money well spent. In the case of wine, as in so many other spheres, knowledge increases enjoyment exponentially. Quite apart from being such a splendid reference work, the book feeds curiosity" - The World of Fine Wine


List of new entries
Maps of the wine regions
Note to the reader
Complete list of entries by subject
Companion to Wine
Appendix 1: Controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties
Appendix 2A: Total vineyard area by country
Appendix 2B: Wine production by country
Appendix 2C: Per capita consumption by country

About the author: 

Edited by the award-winning online publisher and Financial Times wine correspondent, Jancis Robinson OBE, Master of Wine, and Julia Harding, Master of Wine


Sarah Ahmed; Hamish Aird; Professor Jean Aitchison; Mail Amanov; Kym Anderson; Alberto Antonini; Tony Aspler; Susy Atkins; Bill Baker; Dr John Barker; Dr Eveline Bartowsky; Nicolas Belfrage; Helen Bettinson; David Bird; Dr Linda Bisson; Dr Jeremy Black; Beverley Blanning; William Bolter; Dr Rob Bramley; Michael Broadbent; Dr Roger Brock; Stephen Brook; Larry Brooks; Nick Bulleid; Robin Butler; Bob Campbell; Dr Dimitra Capone; Alain Carbonneau; Tom Carson; Bruce Cass; Umay Çeviker; Dr Steve Charters; Dr Véronique Cheynier; Nodari Chkhartishvili; Professor Dr Monika Christmann; Elaine Chukan Brown; Dr Tyler Colman; Dr Michael Considine; Dr Bryan Coombe; Dr Peter Cousins; Dr Glen Creasy; Professor Barry Cunliffe; Tamlyn Currin; Dr Bob Dambergs; Dr Daniel Deckers; Li Demei; Dr Donald Dibbern; Barry Dick; Professor James Douglas; Dr Peter Dry; Dr Denis Dubourdieu; Anne Duggan; Abi Duhr; Margaret Emery; Marcel Essling; Nicholas Faith; Christopher Fielden; Michael Fridjhon; Doug Frost; Denis Gastin; Richard Gawel; Benny Génsbøl; Rosemary George; Dr Caroline Gilby; Dr John Gladstones; Sam Glaetzer; David Gleave; Wojciech Gogolinski; Howard G. Goldberg; Dr Jamie Goode; Robert Gorjak; Nayan Gowda; Paul Gregutt; Ronald de Groot; Lisa Shara Hall; James Halliday; Jake Hancock; Rosi Hanson; Julia Harding; Sam Harrop; Dr Judith Harvey; Maarten van Helden; Professor Paul A. Henschke; Dr Markus Herderich; Dr Hildegarde Heymann; Hans-Peter Hoehnen; Dr Leofranc Holford-Strevens; Huon Hooke; Alex Hunt; Dr Dan Johnson; Hugh Johnson; Russell Johnstone; Dr Gregory V. Jones; Dr Tony Jordan; Rupert Joy; Eva Kaluzynska; Michael Karam; Dr Philip Kennedy; John Kesby; Mel Knox; Dr Mark Krstic; Martin Lam; Miles Lambert-Gocs; Erica Landin; Dr Valérie Lavigne; Konstantinos Lazarakis; Professor Terry Lee; Cornelis (Kees) van Leeuwen; Harriet Lembeck; Peter Leske; Simon Loftus; Wink Lorch; Patrick E. McGovern; Edi Maletic; Alex Maltman; Jane Masters; Richard Mayson; Dr Gabriella Mészáros; Sven Moesgaard; Adam Sebag Montefiore; Jasper Morris; Lucie Morton; Linda Murphy; Igor Nykolyn; Dr Philip Norrie; Ken Ohashi; Jeremy Paterson; Edmund Penning-Rowsell; Professor Gary Pickering; Professor Thomas Pinney; John Platter; Dr John Possingham; Dr Vladimir Pukish; Wyatt H. Peabody; Alexander Purcell; Dr Jane Renfrew; Professor Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon; Jancis Robinson; Dr Gábor Rohály; Andrés Rosberg; Anthony Rose; Bjørn Tore Aastorp Ruud; Viacheslav Rybinstev; Dr Amanda Stewart; David Schildknecht; John Schreiner; Professor Hans Schultz; Michael Schuster; Tom Scott; Dr Mark Sefton; Victor de la Serna; Young Shi; Con Simos; Reva K. Singh; Stephen Skelton; Dr Richard Smart; Professor Barry C. Smith; Walter Speller; Richard Stávek; Patricia Stefanowicz; Tyson Stelzer; Creina Stockley; Lukas Susaj; Dr Elisabeta Susaj; Keith Sutton; Michael Tabone; Patricio Tapia; Geoff Taylor; Rémi Teissier du Cros; Joelle Thomson; Dr Roy Thornton; Dr Steve Tyerman; Tim Unwin; Dr José Ramón Úrbez-Torres; Tim Vandergrift; Gido Van Imschoot; Kenneth Verosub; Dr Olivier Viret; Dr José Vouillamoz; Monty Waldin; Dr Bernard Watney; A. Dinsmoor Webb; Robert E. White; Dr Patrick Williams; Dr Hanneke Wilson; Nigel Wilson; Dr Tony Wolf; Steve Wratten; Bruce Zoecklein; David Harvey; Pamela Vandkye Price

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