‘Hand harvesting was a different process to machine harvesting. It was convivial and slow. We started at dawn and slowly proceeded across the vineyards. It was better for us and for the grapes, the human scale and pace of it more peaceful and joyful. ‘
But this rose-tinted glimpse of life is only part of the story – with it come long hours, uncertainty and their associated stress. For Seán and Caro Feely, the rollercoaster ride of managing a growing business is as challenging as making natural wine in harmony with the environment. Will the previous six years of hard work that created a flourishing organic vineyard in France prove worthwhile? Join Caro on her search for balance in life and wine. Does yoga hold the secret? And will she make it through this growth phase with marriage, farm and sanity intact?
Caro’s Feelys book Glass Half Full, the third book about life on an organic vineyard in South West France was published by Summersdale 13 April 2017.
You can read the full story of this organic vineyard, wine school and farm – the series includes three books by Caro Feely (order online with amazon via these links or from your local bookstore)
Grape Expectations: A Family’s Vineyard Adventure in France (Caro Feely Book 1)
Saving Our Skins: Building a Vineyard Dream in France ( Caro Feely book 2 )
Glass Half Full: The Ups and Downs of Vineyard Life in France (Caro Feely Book 3)
Summersdale publishers have also made the 3 book series available as a kindle bundleCaro Feely (3 Book Series)
You can also order a case of organic wine including shipping in the EU. Join the mailing list to receive a seasonal newsletter, events, wine pairing, recipes and more info on this topic.
‘A brave and compelling tale about a gnarly life in the vines and the choices we frail humans make in our emotional journeys.’