Vineyard in Tuscany

Vineyard in Tuscany

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by Ferenc Mate
     
 

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"A sun-drenched memoir with a fairy-tale ending."—Kirkus Reviews
In this laugh-out-loud tale, two adventurers discover that rare combination: joy and success. Candace, a painter, and Ferenc, a writer, begin a new life near the hill town of Montalcino. They restore a thirteenth-century friary, plant fifteen acres of vines, build a winery, tame a runaway

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"A sun-drenched memoir with a fairy-tale ending."—Kirkus Reviews
In this laugh-out-loud tale, two adventurers discover that rare combination: joy and success. Candace, a painter, and Ferenc, a writer, begin a new life near the hill town of Montalcino. They restore a thirteenth-century friary, plant fifteen acres of vines, build a winery, tame a runaway tractor, excavate an Etruscan village, and battle volcanic fermenting vats, while learning from famous vintner neighbor Angelo Gaja the secrets of growing the best grapes and making superb, award-winning wine. This extraordinary tale will enrich the lives of travelers and wine lovers alike. A New York Times Book Review 2007 Notable Travel Book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780920256589
Publisher:
Albatross
Publication date:
11/03/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
996,537
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 5.36(h) x 0.80(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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Vineyard in Tuscany 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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JoMacall More than 1 year ago
If you are planning to renovate a dilapidated friary in Tuscany or tackle the job of restoring an almost nonexistant vineyard, then this is the book for you. It seems to be more of a how-to manual than a narration of a life changing experience. "A tractor needs twenty feet of space to turn around at the end of each row" or "We ran a pipe from the cistern along the top of the vineyard..." were the beginnings of two paragraphs of a step by step description of the exhausting ordeal. Mate illustrated with words his colorful companions and helpmates in a humorous fashion, which was enjoyable, but I kept waiting to read more about his charming and unpredictable wife, Candace and their irrepressible son, Buster. I wanted to know more about their part in such a huge undertaking. Perhaps he is saving that for another book.
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KareninFLorida More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about the author's life in Italy. It has humor, sadness, drama and great information about the Tuscany area in Italy and the winemaking process. An easy read.
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Mariet More than 1 year ago
Mate writes books that I love, I feel as though I am in Tuscany when I read his books. I turn down pages, underline passages. The only thing better would be to have our own Tuscany home.
MetaEd More than 1 year ago
Mate clearly knows his way around the page; he can craft a sentence with the best of them. Unfortunately, this book is really just a string of little vignettes about buying a Tuscan property and fixing it up (yawn, been there done that). He had an opportunity to add his experiences about growing grapes and establishing a winery on the property, but he blew it. The story simply never ties together. It left me wanting more that just never came. It was nice to read a book like this by a *writer* instead of by an expat looking for something to do. I just wish that there was more "there" there than there is.
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