Grape Expectations – free 3 chapter sampler

Grape Expectations – free 3 chapter sampler

We are delighted to offer a free 3 chapter pdf SAMPLER of Grape Expectations_SAMPLER_2018 by Caro Feely the first in the series about Feely organic vineyard. This book
Grape Expectations: A Family’s Vineyard Adventure in France (Caro Feely Book 1).
 is a great gift for a winelover or for anyone who longs to follow a dream.


Back cover teaser of Grape Expectations:

I took a deep draught and swirled it around feeling the warming sensation of alcohol on the back of my throat. The wine filled my mouth with plum and blackberry. The finish had a hint of spice and an attractive saline minerality.
‘Delicious.’ I licked my lips. The wine filled me with joy. A picture of a vineyard drenched in sunlight formed in my mind. Sean drew me rudely back to the lounge of our semi-d.
‘How can they be in liquidation if they make wine this good?’

Caro and Sean were confirmed city dwellers. They had safe jobs, a nice house and were living on M&S dinners. That all changed though when they had the opportunity to achieve their dream of becoming wine-makers in the South of France. In the blink they had sold their house, gathered up their children – a toddler and a babe-in-arms – and headed for Saussignac.


Arriving at their new home, a ten-hectare vineyard, the couple set about renovating the dilapidated eighteenth-century farmhouse and transforming the ‘beyond eccentric’ winery into a successful business. But while the journey from mouth to stomach of a fine red is pure velvet, the transition from city slickers to connoisseurs proved less smooth. Infestations, visits from the local farm ‘police’, a leaking roof and a lost finger were some of the challenges the family faced in their quest to learn how to make wine from the roots up.

Including evocative descriptions of wine and the wine-making process, Grape Expectations is travel writing with adventure at its heart. A passionate account of a captivating mission, this is essential reading not just for wine lovers, but for anyone who has ever longed to follow a dream.

‘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 and The Battle For Wine And Love .

Grape Expectations: A Family’s Vineyard Adventure in France (Caro Feely Book 1)
sequel is Saving Our Skins: Building a Vineyard Dream in France ( Caro Feely book 2 ) – For a taster of this sequel see our Saving our Skins by Caro Feely slideshow.

The third is Vineyard Confessions (was called Glass Half Full Caro Feely Book 3).  See a blog post with reviews and an outline of it here – Glass Half Full- renamed Vineyard Confessions in 2023.

We also offer signed copies to ship with wine orders in Europe and can organise international delivery of signed copies in a gift pack for example the international vineyard share.

You can buy these books on Kindle or with amazon online :

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 )

Vineyard Confessions (was called Glass Half Full Caro Feely Book 3)

Tour with us France ; stay with us or do a multi day course via our sister site French Wine Adventures or multi day wine tour  or vineyard walking tour. Chateau Feely also offers wine school including WSET certified courses. Join our mailing list to receive our seasonal newsletter, wine school, events, wine pairing, recipes and more info on this topic at the bottom right of this page.

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