Country by country, and region by region, the author journeys around the world to drop in on familiar and lesser known producers. In the vineyards of France and Spain, find out more on the wines you have heard a lot about but perhaps have never tasted. In Eastern Europe, Turkey and North Africa, discover new producers you may never have heard of. Explore the well- and lesser-known winelands of Chile and Australia. The book studies the world's 12 major grape varieties, describing their aromas and flavours, and explaining why and how their character varies in different soils, in different climates and, not least, in different winemaking methods. Wines are placed in their historical context and the processes of making wine are clearly explained. All this is accompanied by vintage and producer recommendations, vivid colour photography and carefully illustrated maps offering a visual explanation of how the world of wine is developing day by day.