A meeting of fine wine minds

4 December 2023 by in Book publishing, Classic Wine Library

PRESS RELEASE: Académie du Vin Library Ltd. today announced the acquisition of the Classic Wine Library publishing list from Infinite Ideas Ltd.

This wine publishing brand of 33 titles is synonymous with quality reference guides to many of the world’s top wine regions, as well as specialist titles on history, marketing and biodynamic practices. Its list of authors includes many MWs and leading wine writers. There are more titles scheduled for publication in 2024 and 2025, including The Wines of California, Wines of the Loire Valley and The Wines of Beaujolais.

Hermione Ireland, managing director of Académie du Vin Library, said: “We are thrilled and honoured to be the new custodians for this series of books, an essential part of the wine publishing industry and its knowledge base. It will add a crucial reference aspect to our existing list that focuses more on personal stories. We have huge respect for everything that Richard Burton, with Rebecca Clare and the editorial board, have done with the brand; they have a world-beating list of authors and they continue to commission writers of the highest quality. We know our own audience will be keen to learn more about Classic Wine Library titles.

“This acquisition makes Académie du Vin Library the largest specialist wine publisher in the world and we look forward to working with retail partners, both in books and in wine, to share our great list with people who are wine-curious.”

Steve White, chairman of Infinite Ideas, said: “The Classic Wine Library will grow and prosper as part of Académie du Vin Library. We are pleased with its future prospects and believe the excellent slate of authors who have made it the most important professional list of wine books will benefit from the greater resources now available.”

A new web site for The Classic Wine Library will be launched in early 2024.

Académie du Vin Library is an imprint founded by Steven Spurrier and friends, dedicated to publishing the finest wine writing of the past, the present and the future. Our list is small and will never be large – because we value quality over quantity. We choose our books with care – above all for their readability, but also because we genuinely believe they have something important to say about the world of fine wine that will enhance your drinking pleasure.

Founded in 2003 by Richard Burton and David Grant, Infinite Ideas has built a reputation for books on wine for professionals, students and the really serious oenophile. It also publishes inspirational books on business, personal development and the arts.

For more information please contact:
Hermione Ireland at hermione.ireland@academieduvinlibrary.com or on (+44)7500 708804