The critically-acclaimed ‘Gorley’s Guide’ has had a major update and is out now as an interactive eBook
£12.99 | €18,99 | $15.99
The Wines & Winemakers of Languedoc-Roussillon by Peter Gorley
Vineyards, people & places of the wilder south of France
Explore the wilder south of France with this comprehensive guide to Languedoc and Roussillon’s wines and winemakers.
Arguably the world’s biggest vineyard at around 300,000ha, the region is a treasure trove of excellent wines (at reasonable prices), strong winemaking personalities, historic sites and unique landscapes.
This greatly expanded 2nd Edition covers over 500 wineries, châteaux and domains over 15 routes, and includes sites and sights to visit, plus suggestions of hotels, restaurants and the occasional café bar.
Specially designed maps help you find the wineries, and the text gives you links to their websites, e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
“Gorley has a way of making you feel as though he’s whizzing you down the A9 to take you to some places that he loves. It’s written in such a chatty style, casual, unapologetically personal. He also writes with quiet humour, so subtle you could easily miss it. But what I find most interesting is how this book seems to be marked with kindness.
The whole guide is punctuated with photographs, some of them breathtakingly beautiful – most of them taken by Peter Gorley himself. But what I particularly loved were the stunning abstract paintings of vines and wines and landscapes by his artist wife, Elizabeth Hannaford. How to turn a travel guide into something a little extraordinary …
Gorley’s unrepentant love of the region shines through every page. Use [the guide] to excess!”
I really can’t fault it for ease of use/reference… and sheer weight of content. The introductions for each route are excellent, with lots of tourist info, and the photos, illustrations and maps are beautiful. And then of course a decade or so of hard graft on the visiting/tasting/writing trail has been translated beautifully and affectionately into a most comprehensive guide. Indeed, une Pièce de Résistance, and one which every lover of Languedoc, both aficionado and novice alike, should cherish. It has certainly been worth the wait!
“N’hésitez pas à découvrir les meilleurs crus du Languedoc-Roussillon à la lecture du Gorley’s Guide édition N°2. Page après page, partez à la rencontre de nos vignerons, et dégustez l’histoire, le patrimoine et les paysages qui façonnent l’identité de ce territoire!”
Reviews of the first edition of Gorley’s Guide:
…this splendid labour of love -just what I should have been doing all these years instead of lazing by the pool every summer.
What a valuable book this is. No traveller to the region can be without it, for it has an abundance of useful maps, photos and details of producers… this is one of the best wine books of its kind, tightly focussed yet entertaining (and insightful), to come out in years… It will take pride of place in the Midi section of my library
A wonderful, unpretentious guide to the undiscovered routes of the Languedoc. When a winemaker opens his cellar door to Peter Gorley, we enter right along with him. He does not presume to impose his personal taste on the reader. I like that.
Gorley’s Guide is many things: a helpful and discriminating handbook on the wines of France’s most dynamic wine region: an intriguing and seductive introduction the the hotels, restaurants and notable sights of this beautiful, unexplored area; and a dazzling bit of scholarship. Gorley’s intimate knowledge of the wines, topography, and personalities of the Languedoc-Rousillon is obvious and imbues every page. He must’ve interviewed a hundred, maybe a hundred and fifty -of the region’s best wine producers and these are fun and informative.In addition, the book is highly user-friendly; enticingly laid out and full of colour pictures and handy itinerary maps. Whether you’re a wine fanatic hungry for detailed information or a would-be traveller considering an introductory trip to this most southerly part of France’s “Deep South” – Gorley’s Guide is heartily recommended.
… his book directs you through the roads of Languedoc and on the way views the attractions of the area; he also recommends where to eat and relax; what more could you want from a book?
… As Gorley says, there has been something of a revolution in the region’s wine-making over the last decade or so, and in spite of being relatively unknown compared to other parts of France, it is the world’s largest wine-producing region. It’s also quite a difficult place to get to know, and this wonderful wine guide is a short-cut straight to its very soul.