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A Vineyard in Tuscany: Shooting for the Moon
     

A Vineyard in Tuscany: Shooting for the Moon

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by Ferenc Mate
 

In this intimate and uproarious story, two daring New Yorkers convert an ancient, abandoned farm into a world-renowned winery.
Finding your dream house with a vineyard in Tuscany is like searching the woods for porcini mushrooms: a labor of love. Such feats require patience, discernment, resolve, and an indestructible sense of humor. The

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In this intimate and uproarious story, two daring New Yorkers convert an ancient, abandoned farm into a world-renowned winery.
Finding your dream house with a vineyard in Tuscany is like searching the woods for porcini mushrooms: a labor of love. Such feats require patience, discernment, resolve, and an indestructible sense of humor. The Mátés’ future home and wine estate lies amid breathtaking scenery in a community brimming with warmth. In Italy’s most prestigious wine zone, Montalcino, they restore a thirteenth-century friary nestled on two hills within sixty acres of forest, olives, and potential vineyards. Here they plant fifteen acres of vines, build the winery, and learn from their famous vintner neighbors, like Angelo Gaja, the secrets of how to grow the best grapes and make superb wines. Within the first years, the Máté wines receive international acclaim. This highly entertaining tale of how two dreamers struggle and thrive in idyllic Tuscany will enrich the lives of travelers and wine lovers alike.

Editorial Reviews

Ference Máté's 1998 travel memoir The Hills of Tuscany excited the passions of thousands of would-be expatriate readers who longed for old-world simplicity. In A Vineyard in Tuscany, he offers a personal memoir of how he made that dream come true, recounting how he restored a rural medieval friary and transformed it into a successful winery. As in his previous book, the Hungarian-born author spices his narrative with atmospheric asides that convey the rich culture of this blessedly "primitive" region.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780920256565
Publisher:
Albatross
Publication date:
10/29/2007
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
838,032
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Ferenc Máté is the author of 15 books translated into 12 languages, including New York Times Notable Book A Vineyard in Tuscany and the Dugger/Nello historical sea adventure fiction series. He lives in a 13-century friary with his family tending vines and olives in Tuscany. Visit www.ferencmate.com

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A Vineyard in Tuscany: Shooting for the Moon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I've always hoped to move to Italy 'being a soldiers wife', and this book just re-affirmed that. I fell more in love with Italy through this book than I ever was before. WOW. Beautiful. Not to mention we are wine connoisseurs in the making and now I will be in search of some of the Mate wines. This book is a must read for anyone who has ever dreamed of Italy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I am now sending it to my soldier 'serving in Iraq', to enjoy and dream.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone with a love of either Italy or wine must read this book! Mate captures Italian life and the gorgeous landscapes with inimitable style. He does it with wit, detail and a sensitivity to human emotions. He captures delightful Italian idiosyncrasies and their lust for life, good food and great wine. His experiences come alive as he takes us through the restoring of the friary, walking the woods and planting the vineyards with his artist wife who has the 'nose' for judging wine, and their young son. If you can read this book and not want to catch the next flight to Tuscany you must be comatose!