As the author notes, ‘geologists have studied the relationship between geology and viticulture for many years, with all the collateral conviviality that such demanding research entails’. It is surprising, then, that this is the first book to look at the vineyards of Britain from the perspective of an Earth scientist. And it is two gently delivered scientific threads that run through the volume: the twin influences of geologically controlled landscape and of changing climate on the location of British vineyards.

The first part of Winelands of Britain is an historical review of viticulture in Britain, from its pre-Roman origins and...

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