A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream

A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's DreamIn This Intimate And Uproarious Story, Two Daring New Yorkers Convert An Ancient, Abandoned Farm Into A World Renowned Winery.Finding Your Dream House With A Vineyard In Tuscany Is Like Searching The Woods For Porcini Mushrooms A Labor Of Love Such Feats Require Patience, Discernment, Resolve, And An Indestructible Sense Of Humor.The M T S Future Home And Wine Estate Lies Amid Breathtaking Scenery In A Community Brimming With Warmth In Italy S Most Prestigious Wine Zone, Montalcino, They Restore A Thirteenth Century Friary Nestled On Two Hills Within Sixty Acres Of Forest, Olives, And Potential Vineyards Here They Plant Fifteen Acres Of Vines, Build The Winery, And Learn From Their Famous Vintner Neighbors, Like Angelo Gaja, The Secrets Of How To Grow The Best Grapes And Make Superb Wines Within The First Years, The M T Wines Receive International Acclaim.This Highly Entertaining Tale Of How Two Dreamers Struggle And Thrive In Idyllic Tuscany Will Enrich The Lives Of Travelers And Wine Lovers Alike.

Ferenc M t has made a career of out documenting his own quests whether it s restoring a Tuscan ruin, building a vineyard from scratch, or sailing the seven seas.Born in Transylvania, he escaped at age eleven when the Hungarian revolution was crushed by Soviet tanks He grew up in Vancouver and has lived in California, Paris, Rome, the Bahamas and New York He has worked on a railroad extra gang a

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  • Paperback
  • 300 pages
  • A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream
  • Ferenc Máté
  • German
  • 03 October 2017

10 thoughts on “A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream

  1. says:

    A guy s version of Under the Tuscan Sun It made me hungry and thirsty, and I loved the insights into planting a vineyard and rebuilding a centuries old house Witty and intelligently written Then the author bio says he left Tuscany to sail the...

  2. says:

    This was a mildly entertaining account of how the Hungarian Canadian author, who is a writer by profession, found and bought a crumbling ancient friary building in Tuscany, rebuilt it into a family home, and planted a vineyard with four different kinds of wine grapes Pleasantly descriptive humorous evocative of living in Tuscany, yet it kind of lacked a soulful touch.I was conflicted about this book On the one hand, I was interested in the details, such as the hunt for the perfect property through the hills and dales of rustic Tuscany, the find of the ruins of an Etruscan city in his 70 acre hilly woods, the pros and cons of the various grapes for the various growing conditions of his patchwork quilt of a 15 ish acre vineyard in the property, his whacky misadventures with construction equipment though he s clearly very handy , the insane bureaucratic process of getting approval to have a vineyard and getting farm tax abatements, etc Doesn t that sound like good armchair traveling On the other hand, I was annoyed by some things His wife, a central character in the book, was depicted oddly shallowly which is too bad because she seemed like an interesting person, an artist and former competitive plane glider And the author seemed to be conflicted himself about what to reveal with regards to the finances of doing what he did he says he might not have enough money to buy totally rebuild...

  3. says:

    Very enjoyable recounting of the immense sacrifice and hard work of the author and his family in order to create their dream vineyard Planting 42,000 vines by hand is an example His book serves two purposes 1 as a marketing piece for the...

  4. says:

    I enjoyed this book tremendously It appealed to me on so many levels from the home in Italy, with Italian friends, to the nitty gritty of how to plant a vineyard on just the right soil to produce a great wine Good wine surpasses any description Mate is funny, self deprecating and descriptive Make no mistake, transforming a long abandoned Italian monastery into a livable home and a great vineyard is very hard work, which Mate makes light of Readers gripe about the money the people who write memoirs of their Italian and French homes must have Mayes, Mayle , which is ridiculous Bitter envy I am very grateful to be able to experience these places vicariously, through their trained writers eyes, and descriptive pens, places which I will, probably, never be able to experience myself That s what books are for Not just to entertain us but to expand our...

  5. says:

    It s a joy to read a book written not only by someone who is obviously so in love with the subject matter but who can also tell a great story I was immediately taken on the journey of building a house and winery in the hills of Brunello and I can t wait to taste the wines for myself someday If eve...

  6. says:

    An entertaining, but not very in depth tale of the creation of a vineyard in, well, Tuscany, obviously Several years pass in this short book it s, in many ways, a collection of scenes from those years, rather than a comprehensive narrative.The tone is light and engaging I enjoyed it.

  7. says:

    Mate, an affluent braggart camouflaging as a self effacing working stiff who just happened to buy an estate next to Banfi, reminded me of one of our college mantras Don t be humble, you re not that great The dialogue is strained, every punch line involves the fam...

  8. says:

    Myammthis book is like a mini holidaymini, because it takes about two hours to read holiday, because it makes you sit back, sip a glass of something you enjoy and dream of the day when your dreams will, inevitably, come true Mat s tales of tuscany made me feel the sunshine in my face and brought the smell of lavender and dry grass, dust and warm rocks right into my living roomand sometimes that is all you need.Yes, he leads a life different to that of many of us And why not I don t mind his wealth and the way he talks about himself On the c...

  9. says:

    After weeks of delay, knowing if I start this book it will end, I finally picked it up and began I sipped the words slowly extracting flavors of excitement, frustration, diligence and joy and enjoyed every drop.I recommend it highly and that it should be read after reading The Hills of Tuscany The author s earlier book sets up the romance for the second This author has captured everything I love about reading It is interesting, entertaining and moves the heart It covers everything from the first shovel of dirt to picking a single grape and measuring its sweetness each day until the moment comes t...

  10. says:

    If you are wondering what purchasing an old villa in Tuscany to refurbish as your new home, Mr Mate s descriptions of the process were both informative and described vividly Oh, and, if you want to learn how grapes are made into wine, from the clearing of overgrown land, planting, harvesting and winemaking, you will like this book I felt as if I was there beside the familigia while reading this book Mr Mate s vineyard is now producing wonderful wines from Tuscany...

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