Grape Expectations

Grape Expectations : A Family's Vineyard Adventure in France

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Summersdale Publishers
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • col. Illustrations, ports. (some col.)
  • 1849532575
  • 9781849532570
  • 40,912

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'this woman has more steel in her than a fermentation vat' The Gloss Magazineshow more

About Caro Feely

Caro Feely worked as a project manager and IT strategy consultant in South Africa and Ireland before trading it all in to pursue her dreams. She now runs a successful organic wine estate with wine school and gite rental business in the Dordogne Valley in France with her husband, more

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127 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (48)
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An excellent account of embarking upon an adventure that most of us would only entertain in our heads! Caro and Sean Freely see, plan and live their dream as they dive into the seemingly glamorous lifestyle of owning and running a vineyard in Saussignac, France. The writing of Caro Freely is passionate and vivid, allowing the reader to connect to the long Gallic tradition of making wine as she gives an honest account of the realities of life amongst the vines. I enjoyed reading this very approachable book during my holidays. For all those who love a good drop and can appreciate that what we taste in the bottle has layers of blood sweat and tears behind the more
by John Galiazzo
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