Filled with vivid descriptions of delicious wines, great food, and stunning views, this is a unique insight into the world of the winemaker, and a story of passion, dedication, and love
When Caro and Sean find the perfect 10-hectare vineyard in Saussignac, it seems like their dreams of becoming winemakers in the south of France are about to come true. But they arrive in France with their young family (a toddler and a newborn) to be faced with a dilapidated 18th-century farmhouse and an enterprise that may never, ever make them a living. Undeterred by mouse infestations, a leaking roof, treacherous hordes of insects, visits from the local farm "police," and a nasty accident with an agricultural trimmer, Caro and Sean set about transforming their "beyond eccentric" winery into a successful business as they embark on the biggest adventure of their lives—learning to make wine from the roots up.
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Caro Feely runs an organic wine estate with wine school and gîte rental business in the Dordogne Valley in France.From Publishers Weekly:
As Feely, a wine educator, explains in her keenly observed story of novice winemakers, it requires a Herculean level of commitment, labor, and possibly madness to maintain a vineyard. Feely and her husband, Sean, decided to realize their dream to produce organic wine and leave Dublin, so they bought a 30-acre vineyard an hour from Bordeaux. After dealing with levels of French bureaucracy, they quickly discovered that the owners left them with a mouse infestation, broken or rusting equipment, and the need for massive renovations. However, believing in their grapes and their decision, they got down to the hard work of harvesting. During a brutal heat wave, they had to prune and trim the vines to prevent fungus, remove weeds by hand, clean and sterilize their equipment, and deal with government inspectors. Fellow vineyard owners helped the couple finish the trimming, showing an unexpected openness to the newcomers. Despite the steep learning curve, profound struggles, and financial uncertainty, they quickly felt right at home, as Feely tells readers in this enthusiastic narrative (Oct.)
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