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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (4 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849532575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849532570
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Caro Feely is a certified wine educator that writes part time from the organic vineyard and wine school in France that she owns and runs with her husband Sean. Part Irish, part South African and now part French she is passionate about wine and life. Caro grew up on a sugar cane farm and spent fifteen years working as a business and IT consultant with multinationals like IBM and Accenture before following her dream to make wine in France.

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'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 of 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 of Extremely Pale Rose)

'The farm was just outside Bergerac, the cathedral visible from the house and the local school just a walk through the vines. It made no money. The troubles in buying the farm were a taster for what was to come - but they survived and now know that the route to good wine is by starting at the roots'

(Connexions France)

'Captivating reading for anyone with dreams of living in rural France'

(Destination France)

'… an enjoyable way to learn a bit more about winemaking while staying warm and dry. Reading it between helping with the harvest at different vineyards really helped to bring the whole process to life.'

(English Wine Lovers)

Really liked Caro's book; it's not the usual fall in love with France story, it's warts and all - including horrific accidents! Definitely the best - and most realistic - tome coming from the "year in Provence " genre.

(Joe Duffy, Irish radio personality)

I was moved and delighted by this book, which has vast and useful amounts to say about wine and the passion of wine-making, about France and the great adventure of family life, and above all about the trials and challenges that build a marriage… splendid book .

(Martin Walker, Bestselling Author of the Bruno, Chief of Police series)

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.

(Bookalicious Travel Addict Blog)

I was completely caught up in this memoir, wondering if the Feelys would ever be able to make their dream come true… This book is bright, passionate, inspiring, informative and absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend it to anybody and everybody.

(Breadcrumb Reads Blog)

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 - The Forks Blog)

About the Author

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 gîte rental business in the Dordogne Valley in France with her husband, Sean.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SuzieB on 5 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a super insight into what it takes to make a good bottle of wine. It is essential reading for anyone who likes wine. Easy to read and entertaining it makes one appreciate all the hard work that goes into making a glass of red or white. It has me convinced never to buy a bottle of non-organic wine again. If you ever had a dream of buying a property in France with vines to make your own wine - read this book before you commit yourself!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Set Cumbria on 13 Aug. 2012
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First read about this book in the Mail.Enjoyed the article so bought the book,I was sorry when I reached the end and hope there is going to be a sequel.What an amazing family,most would have given up,pleased the Feelys carried on. Have just ordered some wine and would love to visit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 21 Dec. 2012
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Increasingly annoyed as it became more of an advert than a story. If I want to buy the author's wine, I will do so based on taste and expert reviews. I do object for paying for a plea for financial support. Pity as there is the bones of a good tale here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Surycz on 10 July 2012
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I highly recommend this book. It was well-written and made me lose track of time, which is the sign of a good book. As a fellow South African and wine-lover, I enjoyed reading about the Feely's adventures in France. I am inspired by their passion and their guts to follow their dreams. Even though Sean and Caro have gone through great stress, financial anxiety etc, I get the impression they are really living life to the full which is an example to risk-averse, fearful people like me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ted Roberts on 16 July 2012
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I really enjoyed the book . I felt like I was part of the journey that the Feely family took , sharing in the triumps and the diasters and being angry at the social services organisation inspecter for placing blocks in the way forward . Feeling really good when things took an upward turn . There has got to be a sequal PLEASE .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Barrow on 3 July 2012
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For anyone who enjoys French holidays and good wine and dreams of owning their own vineyard this is a brilliant book! Despite all the trials and tribulations the Feely family survive and thrive in the most difficult of situations. Well written, thoughtful and amusing. A tribute to family life and the value of good friends. Read and enjoy! You will certainly learn a lot about French wine as a result!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By corrinaT on 3 Aug. 2012
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After reading an article in the Mail about the author I bought the book and was not disappointed. Whilst the book is about starting a fairly elitist wine business,a dream out of reach for alot of people, Caro has managed to bring alive the grim realities and the total joy of starting any business,it is an inspiring read and I can't wait for her sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cape Town wine lover on 23 July 2012
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This book was a joy to read from beginning to end. It combined what one expects from a book about moving to rural France (renovations, language, neighbours, food and sunsets) with a detailed story of learning the art of winemaking as you go along. Highly recommended if you want to start becoming a garagiste or maybe something more ambitious.
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