Mitchell Beazley to publish World Atlas of Wine eighth edition

Mitchell Beazley to publish World Atlas of Wine eighth edition

Octopus imprint Mitchell Beazley has announced the eighth edition of the “landmark” World Atlas of Wine.

World rights were acquired by Octopus group publishing director Denise Bates from Caradoc King at United Agents.

The Atlas, first published in 1971, has sold 4.7 million copies worldwide. Renowned wine writers Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson have given the text a complete overhaul.

Octopus said: “To reflect all the changes in the global wine scene over the past six years, the Atlas has grown in size to 416 pages and 22 new maps have been added to the wealth of superb cartography in the book, along with beautiful photography throughout. The text has been given a complete overhaul to address the topics of most vital interest to today's wine- growers and drinkers.”

Bates said: “’Landmark’ is a word that can be over-used in publishing – here is a book that so thoroughly deserves that title. We are delighted that Jancis and Hugh are once again applying their formidable knowledge and insight to a comprehensive update. A new edition of The World Atlas of Wine is a major event.”

Johnson and Robinson added: “This update must be the most substantial ever since the wine world is changing and expanding so much and it has dominated our lives since January 2018.”