Writers and photographers

ANDRE DEYRIEUX – after a varied professional career, the latest being an IT consultant – can now combine his zeal for the wine world and new technology.

On library shelves, you’ll find various traces of him: cartoons (Bob and Bob), a book on English boxing, a handbook on "IT systems, new strategic weapon"... We remain in literature for his two children: Hector and Ondine.

Winetourisminfrance is his latest composition to date.

He lives near the Université du Vin in Suze-la-Rousse.




He runs the ‘Ligérienne’ Press Agency, which he set up in 2001. He’s also editor of the Info Presse Hebdo bulletin (Weekly Press Info) and publishing director of Agri-Viti Presse Hebdo.

He writes for several paper or internet publications about the wine world he knows well and has been involved in for many years; La Revue Vinicole Internationale, VSB, Vignoble du Val de Loire, Réussir Vigne, La Vigne...

He’s a lover of and expert on the Loire and its wines.

Fascinated by progress (he was president of several young inventor trade shows and contributor to the Livre Mondial des Inventions, World Book of Inventions), he quickly believed in the internet’s potential and now oversees the much visited VinsdeLoire.info




The most famous French vineyard cartographer since Cassini heads up a substantial body of publications. His most beautiful work is without doubt Le grand Atlas des vignobles de France, which portrays all of France’s wine regions and 450 appellation areas around 4000 wine villages.

With 184 colour maps, 50 themed maps, 50 sketches and diagrams, it helps you understand the close relationship better that exists between all the natural elements (geology, soil, climate and changes in topology...) that make up each vineyard terrain and the resulting wine’s personality.

Benoît France is a member of the Académie du vin de France. He’s publishing director of Editions Benoit France. The maps are available for sale from L'Esprit et le Vin.




Before pursuing London’s esteemed Master of Wine qualification (passed the exams, dissertation in progress), RICHARD JAMES already had plenty of experience as a wine writer and web editor.

He writes or has written for many different titles (paper or online) from the English-speaking wine world: Wine Business Monthly, Decanter.com, Harpers, Off Licence News, Time Out South of France guide, Wine magazine…

He’s also an experienced wine tutor (Wine Education Service courses and tastings in Manchester 1998-2002). He started his career in wine in Scotland, as a sommelier at the St. Andrews Golf Hotel in 1987, the year he graduated from university there…

He lives in the Roussillon (French Catalonia).
Click HERE to visit his website.





It was love at first sight, 15 or so years ago with a lovely bottle of ‘vin jaune’, 1976 vintage. It’s sweet, smooth, colourful memory has stayed with him ever since. The picture of his youth spent among Beaujolais vineyards in the heart of Golden Stone country. As they say round those parts “if you can easily see with the naked eye that somebody’s had too much to drink, you can’t really tell if they’re just thirsty.” Enough said...

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