The Botanist and the Vintner: How Wine Was Saved for the World (Paperback)

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Description


In the mid-1860s, grapevines in southeastern France inexplicably began to wither and die. Jules-Émile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent to investigate. He discovered that the vine roots were covered in microscopic yellow insects. What they were and where they had come from was a mystery. The infestation advanced with the relentlessness of an invading army and within a few years had spread across Europe, from Portugal to the Crimea. The wine industry was on the brink of disaster. The French government offered a prize of three hundred thousand gold francs for a remedy. Planchon believed he had the answer and set out to prove it.

Gripping and intoxicating, The Botanist and the Vintner brings to life one of the most significant, though little-known, events in the history of wine.

About the Author


CHRISTY CAMPBELL is a British writer and journalist. He has written for the Telegraph since 1990. The Botanist and the Vintner won the 2005 Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award.

Praise For…


“Ecology, politics, and free-market economics collide in this brisk and surprisingly modern tale of scientific sleuthing.”


Product Details
ISBN: 9781565125285
ISBN-10: 1565125282
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: March 24th, 2006
Pages: 344
Language: English