Maps and wine

Inside Bordeaux (Jane Anson) and Inside Burgundy (Jasper Morris) extend three decades of Segrave Foulkes experience in creating the world’s best wine maps.

Chris Foulkes was responsible as executive editor for two editions (3rd & 4th) of Hugh Johnson’s World Atlas of Wine, and commissioned the national Wine Atlas series (France, Germany, Spain) that culminated in Burton Anderson’s Wine Atlas of Italy.

The Segrave Foulkes company, by then independent, created a suite of world wine maps for the Larousse Encyclopaedia of Wine, and went on to produce The Bordeaux Atlas.

For The Bordeaux Atlas, a complete set of maps of the region was created from scratch. Basic survey data was taken from highly-detailed German military maps from the 1940s, unearthed by Segrave Foulkes researchers in an archive. These provided the 5-metre contours in the Médoc, a crucial detail lacking, at the time, from other wine atlases.

Several maps showed the precise land-holdings of leading châteaux, details gleaned by on-foot, and on-bicycle, investigation by Segrave Foulkes researchers.

These maps formed the basis for the maps in Jane Anson’s Inside Bordeaux (2020). This – a Segrave Foulkes production with BB&R Press – went a stage further, adding wholly new soil and geology maps to the updated and extended maps showing topography and châteaux. 

Praise for The Bordeaux Atlas

Respected wine writer and scholar Andrew Jefford wrote in Decanter:

“The world’s greatest winemakers receive global adulation. A few wine writers aspire to that kind of celebrity. Wine photographers enjoy increasing recognition for their work. Who, though, can recite the names of the wine world’s most skilled cartographers?

“As an oenocartographophile (apologies for the barbarous neologism), I’m always hunting wine maps. The limpid cartography of The World Atlas of Wine, nowadays co-authored by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, has been my constant companion for a quarter of a century, evolving with each new edition, and the maps in The Bordeaux Atlas and Encyclopedia of Châteaux by Hubrecht Duijker and Michael Broadbent (now, alas, out of print) are extraordinarily useful. “