This title was a prize winner at the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine) Awards 2023.
The link between culture and wine reaches back into the earliest history of humanity. The Routledge Handbook of Wine and Culture brings together a newly comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of contemporary research and thinking on how wine fits into the cultural frameworks of production, intermediation and consumption.
Bringing together many leading researchers engaged in studying these phenomena, it explores the different ways in which wine is constructed as a social artefact and how its representation and use acquire symbolic meaning. Wine can be analysed in different ways by varying disciplines involved in exploring wine and culture (anthropology, economics and business, geography, history and sociology, and as text). The Handbook uses these as lenses to consider how producers, intermediaries and consumers use and create cultural significance. Specifically, the work addresses the following: how wine relates to place, belief systems and accompanying rituals; how it may be used as a marker of the identity and mechanisms of civilising processes (often in conjunction with food and the arts); how its framing intersects with science and nature; the ideologies and power relations which arise around all these activities; and the relation of this to wine markets and public institutions.
This is essential reading for researchers and students in education for the wine industry and in the humanities and social sciences engaged in understanding patterns of human ingenuity and interaction, such as sociology, anthropology, economics, health, geography, business, tourism, cultural studies, food studies and history.
Part I- Context: Disciplinary Perspectives On Wine And Culture
Chapter 1- Anthropology, Wine and Culture
Marion Demossier and Clelia Viecelli
Chapter 2- Business, Wine and Culture
Chapter 3- Economics, Wine and Culture
Chapter 4- Geography, Wine and Culture
Chapter 5- History, Wine and Culture
Chapter 6- Sociology, Wine and Culture
Jennifer Smith Maguire
Chapter 7- Text, Wine and Culture
Part II- Production and Place
Chapter 8- Cultures of Terroir
Chapter 9- Sites and Sights of Production: Spaces and Performances of Winemaking
Chapter 10- Wine Islands: Colonial Cultures of the Vine
Chapter 11- Expressing Sense of Place and Terroir through Wine to Tourism Encounters: Antipodal Reflections from France to New Zealand
Rory Hill and Joanna Fountain
Chapter 12- Wine, Culture and Environment: A Study of the Sierra (Nevada) Foothills American Viticultural Area
Michele Tobias and Colleen Myles
Chapter 13- Making Wine, Making Home
Chapter 14- Climats and the Crafting of Heritage Value in Burgundy Terroir
Chapter 15- Wine, Deep in the Heart of Texas
Colleen Myles, Kourtney Collins and Christi Townsend
Part III- Intermediation and Consumption
Chapter 16- Characters of Wine: The Cultural Meanings of Typefaces and Fonts in Wine Labels
Chapter 17- Making the Right Impression: Irish Wine Culture c.1700 to Present
Charles Ludington and Graham Harding
Chapter 18- Wine as part of Polish Identity in Early Modern Times. Constructing Wine Culture in Non-Wine Countries
Chapter 19- The Shape of Luxury: Three Centuries of the Champagne Glass in British Material Culture
Chapter 20- ‘For Us as Experimentalists’: An Australian Case Study of Scientific Values in the 19th Century New World Winegrowing
Chapter 21- Tasting as Expertise: Scientific Agronomists and Sommeliers in France in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
Chapter 22- Wine Writing as Lifestyle Writing: Communicating Taste and Constructing Lifestyle in the Saturday Times Wine Column
Ana Tominc and Nikki Welch
Chapter 23- Some Practical Economics of Selling Wine as a Cultural Good
Ben Christiansen and Denton Marks
Chapter 24- Champagne: A Global Symbol of Contemporary Consumer Culture
Part IV: Belief and Representation
Chapter 25- Wine and Religion Part I: Antiquity to 1700
Mack P. Holt
Chapter 26- Wine and Religion Part II: 1700 to the Present
Chapter 27- Wine as Metaphor
Chapter 28- New World Wine and the Evolution of Universal, Vernacular, Metro-Rural, and Indigenous Idylls
Chapter 29- Narratives of Science and Culture in Winemaking
Ian Malcolm Taplin
Chapter 30- Applying Fashion Theory to Wine: A Production of Culture Example
Chapter 31- Spending, Taste and Knowledge: Logics of Connoisseurship and Good Taste in the Age of Cultural Democratisation
Part V: Power and Contestation
Chapter 32- Competing and Complementary Utopias: Toward an Understanding of Entangled Wine Ideals
Jacqueline Dutton and Peter Howland
Chapter 33- Threats of Pleasure and Chaos: Wine and Gendered Social Order
Anna-Mari Almila and David Inglis
Chapter 34- Women in Wine…Occasionally: Gender Roles in the Wine Industry
Florine Livat and Clara Jaffré
Chapter 35- Sustainable Wine: The Discursive Production of Sustainability in the Wine Field
Gianmarco Navarini and Lorenzo Domaneschi
Chapter 36- The Triumph of the Holy Trinity: Terroir, Typicity, and Quality Anchoring the AOC Model in the Second Half of the 20th Century
Chapter 37- What can Winemakers’ Business Models Tell Us About the Cultural Traits of Wine Regions? A Comparative Analysis
Jean-Guillaume Ditter, Paul Muller and Corinne Tanguy
Chapter 38- Repudiation Not Withstanding: Critics and the Case for Hybrid Grape Wines
Chapter 39- If It’s Famous, It Must Be Good: The Social Construction of Brand Value in the US Wine Market
Gregory Carpenter & Ashlee Humphreys
Part VI: Change and the Future
Chapter 40- The Internationalization of Winegrape Varieties and its Implication for Terroir-Based Cultural Assets
Kym Anderson and Signe Nelgen
Chapter 41- Cultural Heritage and Migration in the Wine World
Chapter 42- The China Wine Market: How Wine is Gaining Cultural Value in Chinese Culture
Justin Cohen, Larry Lockshin, Armando Corsi, Johan Bruwer, Carl Driesener, & Richard Lee
Chapter 43- Beyond White: On Wine and Ethnicity
David Inglis and Hang Kei Ho
Chapter 44- Climate or Technical Change in Wine? Confronting Climatologists’ and Wine-Growers’ Analyses
Chapter 45- Winegrowing, Climate Change, and a Case for Biodynamic Viticulture
Graham Harding, Steve Charters and Jennifer Smith Maguire
'Food and eating as a component of culture has been a prosperous field of study for the last few decades. For myself, I always felt a bit daunted at taking on the often esoteric-seeming culture of wine. But in this book, the international, interdisciplinary and learned team of editors have produced a wonderful introduction to the field that allays all anxieties. It is an impressive collection, and written in a lively fashion.'
Stephen Mennell, author of All Manners of Food, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University College Dublin.
'With a massive all star cast of social scientists and more this new compendium does nothing less than show how that heavenly beverage, wine, touches every part of the culture of much of the world. Extravagantly edited and carefully written, this is a handbook for the ages.'
Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University, American Association of Wine Economists (President), and Editorial Boards, Journal of Wine Economics and Journal of Cultural Economics.
'An enchanting and authoritative sampling, or tasting, or wine aspect of wine lore and information. Not just about production and consumption, the Handbook evokes creative thinking about wine in society, economy and personal life.'
Professor Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Dept. of History, Yale University.
'Wine culture can be intimidating. Happily, we now have a Handbook that puts out the welcome mat for newcomers, but also provides nuanced analysis for seasoned wine scholars. This broad-reaching compendium walks readers through the transnational expanse of wine culture that touches business, economics, geography, history. The multidisciplinary team helps us to appreciate wine as a material good but also a cultural product embedded in ideologies and power relations. It is an indispensable touchstone for future research on wine.'
Josée Johnston, co-author of Foodies, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto.
"More than a handbook, this volume is an invitation to explore wine as a cultural object and phenomenon. From anthropology to economics, scholars from a variety of disciplines explore the culture of wine from novel perspectives. The reader can delve into the colonial past and legacy of wine, engage with current environmental issues or think about what the future might hold for the production of wine.
Showing that wine is good to think, this volume will appeal to wine lovers and scholars alike. The quality of the writing and the breadth of the topics make this handbook an excellent resource for anyone interested in delving into the cultural importance of wine.
The Routledge Handbook of Wine and Culture is an excellent addition to the growing scholarship on wine and culture. What is particularly remarkable about this volume is the breadth of the topics covered and the complementary nature of the interdisciplinary research. This work is a wonderful addition to academic and home libraries."
Rachel Black, Associate Editor of Food and Foodways, Associate Professor, Anthropology Dept., Connecticut College.