"A sun-drenched memoir with a fairy-tale ending."—Kirkus ReviewsIn 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.
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About the Author
FERENC MATE was born in Hungary, escaped at the age of eleven, and has lived in Budapest, Vienna, Vancouver, Laguna Beach, New York, Paris and Rome. He is the author of 15 books translated into 14 languages, including New York Times Notable Book A Vineyard in Tuscany and the Dugger/Nello historical sea adventure fiction series. He lives with his family tending their vines and olives in the hills of Tuscany.