Looking for the Best Books on the Science of Wine-Making

updated Sep 19, 2022
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Q: I recently got back from a fantastic trip to California, and of course did a bunch of wineries and all that, but until this trip I always thought of wine making as more of an art. I realized there’s a lot of science behind it too, and being an engineer by trade, I got pretty geeked out about that.

Does anyone know of any beginner books that talk about viticulture and/or enology? I’m not planning on starting a vineyard or anything, but think it would be cool to learn more about the science behind growing grapes and making wine.

Sent by Shannon

Editor: Shannon, here are a few wine books that our team has read and liked in the past. They aren’t necessarily technical book, however — readers, do you have any recommendations for books that really tackle the science behind wine?

• The Concise World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson

Reading Between the Wines by Terry Theise

Heard it Through the Grapevine by Matt Skinner

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