A Traveller’s Wine Guide to California

Robert Holmes

‘Offers invaluable information … clear, colourful maps, driving times from major cities, descriptions of the regions and their wines, short and lengthy itineraries and times and places for local wine festivals.’
The New York Times

‘A boon to travellers and wine lovers alike … These books are sure to inspire holiday makers to set off in new directions.’
Decanter Magazine


If California were an independent nation it would be the fourth leading wine-producing country in the world after Italy, France and Spain. And nowhere else will you find more visitor-friendly wineries. Sampling these and. tasting their wines is a rewarding experience, but, faced with the bewildering variety of wineries on offer, it’s hard to know where to start. This book guides the wine tourist – not only through the better-known regions of Nap and Sonoma, but also the Central Coast, Santa Barbara County and Southern California – and gives ample recommendations on where to stay and eat in and around each region.

A Traveller’s Wine Guide to California contains easily-accessible information on such topics as The Winery Experience, The System of Classification and Grape Varieties. In other words, everything you need to know when touring California’s beautiful wine country.

ROBERT HOLMES is an award-winning photographer and author. He has been named Travel Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers for an unprecedented three years – in 1990. 1992 and 2010. His work appeared regularly in the acclaimed Day in the Life book series as one of the world’s 100 best photojournalists. He has written four books and supplied photographs for more than 40 others, the latest being Passion for Pinot. For several years he was a contributing editor to Departures magazine, writing about food and wine.

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