Amanda Barnes is South American wine expert and award-winning wine writer. Her wine adventure began in 2009, when she left her home in England to head out to the other side of the world – South America. As Amanda says: “I figured the best place to learn about wine was in a place where they make it and South America had always lured me from afar”.Therefore, she quitted her job as editor at the local newspaper, packed a backpack and bought a ticket to Argentina.
Since then Amanda spent most of her time in vineyards of Chile and Argentina. She specialised in their wine regions and wrote for different books and magazines. This extensive wine experience gave rise to the guide to South American wine. This guide is the world’s most comprehensive book about the wine regions, producers and wines of South America, above all, it’s an enlightening and engaging adventure in this enchanting and captivating part of the world.
Amanda leads wine lovers through the myriad of grape varieties and wine traditions, bringing to life the diverse wine regions of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. This landmark book reveals new and exciting discoveries for even the most seasoned wine expert, while remaining approachable for those just beginning their foray into the world of wine. The book offers a history of wine in South America up to the present day as well as an in-depth analysis of Latin American wine production.
With charismatic and engaging writing, the author artfully explores 500 years of wine history. Color photography, wine producer profiles and a selection of wine recommendations from over 3,000 samples tasted immediately attract a reader’s attention. Amanda Barnes seeks to highlight the great terroirs and regions of South America as well as delving into the lesser-known and emerging regions. Working with a network of over 40 local experts, this collaborative guide is set to be the first of its kind and will bring together a unique insight into the South American wine industry today.
The South America Wine Guide
The South America Wine Guide was awarded the John Avery Award at the André Simon Awards in March 2022
“Amanda is a fount of knowledge on South American wine.”
Jancis Robinson OBE MW, JancisRobinson.com
“Blink and you miss what’s happening in the turbo-charged wine industries of South America. Amanda Barnes doesn’t blink. Her authority is based on ten years submersion in some of the fastest-moving sources of good wine on earth; essential information, beautifully presented.” Hugh Johnson OBE