What is Around the World in 80 Harvests?
Join me, Amanda Barnes, in travelling Around the World in 80 Harvests. We’ll visit 80 wine regions (in 42 countries, across 6 continents) in order to discover what makes each one, and their wines, unique. In this ambitious global tour, we’ll meet the winemakers, taste the wines and dig deep to get to the bottom of each distinct terroir.
The philosophy behind 80 Harvests is to share the journey with you while I’m on the road, researching the book to be published in 2020. Each wine region is treated with the same attention and detail – no matter how big or small.
80 Harvests is a global wine adventure that aims to build a community to connect wine lovers and professionals with wine regions across the world. We’ll break open the highly-guarded secrets from the wine elite, put innovative and emerging regions on the map, share trends and travels, and bring the world of wine to you.
Thank you for your support, and please join us discovering the world of wine together!
You can read more about 80 Harvests on our FAQs page.
Amanda Barnes, Writer & Creator
You’ll get used to me writing in first person on here, but let me get the formalities out of the way. My name is Amanda; I’m a wine writer and wine drinker. In 2009, I left my home in England to head out on a wine adventure on the other side of the world – in South America. 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. I quit my job as editor at the local newspaper, packed a backpack and bought a ticket to Argentina.
I’ve been living between the vineyards of Chile and Argentina ever since; I specialise in their wine regions and write for different books and magazines including Decanter, The Drinks Business, Vivino, Fodor’s Travel Guides, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Hugh Johnson’s Wine Guide, and Oz Clarke’s Wine Guide.
Most importantly, I learnt that the only way to truly understand a wine is to see where – and who – it comes from. This is what led me to dream up the idea of 80 Harvests: to visit 80 wine regions around the world and show where, and who, the wines come from. The title is of course inspired by Jules Verne’s literary epic, Around the World in 80 Days, and I have always personally been inspired by the great global adventure of Michael Palin retracing the footsteps of Phileas Fogg in a television series I watched as a child. This is my own global wine adventure. You can take a snoop of my CV and more information here.
Helen Conway, Sub-Editor & Grammar Police
Helen is a fellow Brit, although she and Amanda met in Chile, where Helen has been living and working as a translator for the last ten years. When Helen isn’t busy correcting Amanda’s 80 Harvests hiccups or translating from Chileno po, she is popping corks and studying hard for her WSET Diploma.
On the road we are inviting different photographers, writers, videographers and designers to help capture the journey through their lens, pens and words too. If you are interesting in being a guest photographer or writer, please contact us.
Sponsors & Partners
We couldn’t manage this journey without the support of wonderful team players and our sponsors of 80 Harvests. Learn more about how you can be a part of the journey: Get Involved!
Where are we going?
We started in South America at the beginning of 2016, and since then have already visited North America, North Africa, South Africa and Europe. Here’s a rough itinerary of where we are visiting –
If you want to help us plan or be a partner for one of our destinations, please get in touch!
Countries we are visiting:
- Czech Republic
- South Africa
- New Zealand