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Hungarian-Canadian author and sailor Máté (The Hills of Tuscany) recounts in wry, candid detail how he rebuilt a Tuscan ruin into a world-class winery. Living in Tuscany with his artist wife and son while savoring the landscape, food and pleasant neighbors wasn't enough for Máté, who admits he thrives on adversity. He wanted his own castle and finagles the purchase of a 13th-century friary in Montalcino, with a proper forno(oven), a forest crammed with porcini and 60 acres of land-15 of which he fashions over three hard years of work into a vineyard sprouting robust harvests of Sangiovese, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and Syrah grapes. His diary of sorts regales the reader on the process of restoring the ancient ruin, called La Colombaio: first by detailing how an Etruscan house was constructed, then by observing how the various workmen were hired (and what they ate for lunch). While hacking in the forest, he finds the remains of a 3,000-year-old city, inviting the interest of archeologists. Máté breaks from the construction and excavation for treks through the Dolomites before returning to prepare for the toilsome but ultimately satisfying vendemmia(harvest). (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Posted March 23, 2008
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2007
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2009
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