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Vines for Wines » Books » Vine books and references for the UK grower

Recommended Books for amateur growers/winemakers

Some of the books I have read are listed below. I have added my comment but if you have an opinion on any of the books or would like to recommend new ones please let me know.

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Successful Grape Growing for Eating and Wine-Making
by Alan Rowe
Price: £12.75 (available new from £22.99)
Paperback, 134 pages, December 1998
A useful book that deals with most topics of interest to amateurs. Recommended.
The Wines of Britain and Ireland: A Guide to the Vineyards of England and Ireland
by Stephen Skelton
Price: £20.00 (available new from £9.89)
Paperback, 531 pages, June 2001
Stephen Skelton is a well known commercial UK grower and president of the UK Vineyards Association. Unlike most others on this page, this book is written from a commercial growing perspective. For the amateur it contains a good description of vine varieties as well as vineyards.
Growing Vines to Make Wines
by Nick Poulter
Price: £6.95 (available new from £3.29)
Paperback, 196 pages, August 1998
This was the first book I read on the subject; a very practical little book. Recommended.
Wines from Your Vines (An 'Amateur Winemaker' publication)
by Nick Poulter
Price: £2.50
Paperback, 112 pages, June 1974
Similar in style to the above, but with obvious emphasis on wine making and just a single chapter with a few growing tips. Recommended.
Grapes: Indoors and Out (Royal Horticultural Society Wisley Handbook)
by Harry Baker, Ray Waite
Price: £7.99 (available new from £100.02)
Paperback, 96 pages, June 2003
The Ripening Sun: One Woman and the Creation of a Vineyard
by Patricia Atkinson
Price: £7.99 (available new from £5.80)
Paperback, 336 pages, June 2004
This book describes one woman's experiences on taking over a vineyard in France. Gives a good insight onto vineyard management and problems - but it is a biography, not a textbook. Recommended.
Grapes (Aura Garden Handbooks)
by Alan R. Toogood
Price: £2.99 (available new from £6.99)
Paperback, 48 pages, March 1988
A brief insight, not much depth. For the odd garden vine, not a vineyard.
The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture
by Lon Rombough
Price: £27.50 (available new from £16.09)
Paperback, 304 pages, December 2002
Strong American bias on grape varieties, climate and culture but worth reading.
Wine Maker's Encyclopaedia
by Bernard Charles Arthur Turner, Roy Roycroft
Price: £3.50
Paperback, 208 pages, January 1979
Just about everything the amateur winemaker needs to know in one small volume. Recommended
The Backyard Vintner: An Enthusiast's Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Wine at Home: The Wine Enthusiast's Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Wine at Home
by Jim Law
Price: £12.99 (available new from £15.22)
Paperback, 176 pages, November 2005

Related Books on Vine Growing and Wine Making

I can't provide any comment on the books below, but Amazon thinks they are all related to my selected books so you may find them interesting and useful.