The New French Wine

In The New French Wine (Ten Speed Press, 2023), Jon Bonné tells the groundbreaking tale of the world’s greatest wine culture at a moment of profound change. (Lire en français.)

France is the soul of the global wine industry. And over the past 20 years, French wine has been simultaneously destroying and recreating itself, driven by a talented generation of pioneering winemakers.

This new generation sees all the value of French terroir — its traditions, its famed vineyards, its renown. But it is also struggling to succeed amid a bureaucracy that undermines progress and makes life more difficult for the small independent vignerons who make up the backbone of French wine.

This one-of-a-kind book required more than eight years of research and reporting. Bonné takes readers on a tour through every wine region of France, and features some 800 producers and more than 7,000 wines, plus evocative maps and photography by award-winning photojournalist Susannah Ireland.

Packaged in a deluxe slip case and encompassing two volumes and nearly 900 pages, The New French Wine won the André Simon Award, is shortlisted for a 2024 James Beard Award, and has enjoyed widespread critical praise. It was named a Wine Book of the Year by The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, and praised by The New York Times as “an opinionated, thought-provoking work that uses wine as a vehicle for cultural history.”