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Seventh edition of the World Atlas of Wine to be released

Published:  24 September, 2013

Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson, authors of the iconic publication The World Atlas of Wine, are releasing the seventh edition both digitally and in hardback on October 7, 2013.

The last edition of the publication was released back in 2007 and the new edition promises to deliver on the changes that have swept the wine world since then. Specifically, the newest edition focuses more on the changes in climate, in winemaking techniques and goes into more detail when it comes to emerging regions and local varieties that are progressively making a name for themselves in the wine world.

Jancis Robin said: "It was not that long ago when it seemed as though the world's winemakers, wherever they were, were making wine to a handful of global recipes using quite remarkably few international grape varieties.  Today, real joy is taken in recuperating, exploiting and celebrating, and celebrating local vine varieties in traditional regions."

Another trend Robinson and Johnson explore in the new Atlas are the expression of regionality in wine.  "Virtually everywhere there is a distinct movement away from mass and concentration for their own sake, a realisation that wines are more interesting if they express a vineyard's natural characteristics rather than the winemaking technique."

The seventh edition has 215 unique maps and an addition of 25 new maps, with new wine regions such as Croatia and Georgia.

The World Atlas of Wine was first published in 1971 and has sold more than 4.5 million copies. The seventh edition will retail for £40 in hardback and for the first time in its 42-year history, the Atlas will be available digitally for £19.99. It is published by the Octopus Publishing Group.