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Grape Expectations
Grape Expectations

Grape Expectations

A Family's Vineyard Adventure in France

The Caro Feely Wine Collection


288 Pages, 5 x 8

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: October 2013

ISBN 9781849532570

Rights: US & CA

Summersdale Publishers Ltd. (Oct 2013)

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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 loveWhen 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 up.


"In this beautifully written tale of passion, caution, guts, Caro Feely takes us on her heartfelt journey as she and her husband breathe life into an old Bergerac winery, while she and her husband Sean resuscitate their own."  —Alice Feiring, author, Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally

"A must read for anyone who's dreamed of owning their own vineyard, at times gritty, at times joyful, Grape Expectations is an inspiring story of how one couple changed their lives."  —Jamie Ivey, author, Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog

"[A] keenly observed story... [and an] enthusiastic narrative.” —Publishers Weekly

“If you are among the throngs of wine lovers who have harbored fantasies of owning a vineyard and living the glamorous lifestyle of the chatelaine of a wine domain, then you might want to read Grape Expectations: A Family’s Vineyard Adventure in France.” —PG Plate

"Merry misadventures and all that." —The Sacramento Bee

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Author Biography

Caro Feely runs an organic wine estate with wine school and gîte rental business in the Dordogne Valley in France.