Saving our Skins – second book in Caro Feely’s Vineyard Trilogy

Saving our Skins Slideshow – second book in Caro Feely’s Vineyard Trilogy

See the Saving our Skins Slideshow PDF for a quick introduction to Caro Feely’s second book in the Feely vineyard Trilogy and its story or scroll down for more. Buy Saving Our Skins: Building a Vineyard Dream in France ( Caro Feely book 2 ).


In the book you’ll discover the organic vineyard where the story takes place and an intense story while learning about wine, organic farming, biodynamics and natural wine along the way.

You will also discover vineyards in the surrounding areas like St Emilion and exciting vineyards in Alsace including Zind Humbrecht, Domaine Deiss and Klur, in Burgundy including Anne Gros and the incredible grand crus like La Tâche, Richebourg, Echezéux and Romanee Conti in Vosne Romanee, in California like Cakebread in Napa Valley, Benziger, Inman family vineyards and DeLoach in Sonoma, Santa Cruz and the new Fetzer family estate Ceago.


Professional Reviews for Saving our Skins include:

‘Ernest and winning { } Sincere and passionate.’  Eric Asimov, New York Times Book Review

‘Caro Feely has written a careening memoir in Saving Our Skins. So impassioned that it could inspire you to drop all security, move to the backwaters of France, and bet your life, all for the love of making wine.’
Alice Feiring, author and journalist

‘Should be required reading for anyone who loves wine! Even a teetotaller will drink up every page of Saving Our Skins, for the fascinating behind-the-scenes of organic farming. Making good wine is truly a labour of love and respect for the earth – often, we learn, at the expense of the wine farmer. Caro takes us along in her grape-stained pocket to experience the picking, the pressing, and the profit questioning: can her family afford to continue making natural wine? We quickly turn the pages, eager to find out – and we can’t help but root for Caro et  compagnie as they creatively keep on top of things, namely a precious heap of grapes!’
Kristin Espinasse, author of French Essais, Blossoming in Provence and Words in a French Life

‘In Saving Our Skins, Caro’s courage and determination leaps off every page, redefining what it means to be brave when you’re at the mercy of the weather, uncertain cashflow and endless, often puzzling, French bureaucracy. Caro has produced a beautifully written sequel which in turn seduced and terrified me about the prospect of owning an organic vineyard in rural France. I thoroughly enjoyed the urgency of her writing – I needed a rather large glass of wine when I’d finished. Bravo, Caro.’
Samantha Brick, author and journalist

‘Caro Feely understands that winemaking is an art, a science and a business. Saving Our Skins entertains and informs as it tells the story of her family’s struggle to make a living making organic and biodynamic wine in the south of France. Required reading for wine lovers everywhere and anyone dreaming a vineyard dream.’
Mike Veseth, author of Wine Wars and Extreme Wine and editor of The Wine Economist

Read Caro’s books 
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 bundle Caro Feely (3 Book Series)


If you are interested in organic farming and/ or wine you can learn more at Chateau Feely’s Wine school . See our series on why organic starting with these basics in more detail , read our series starting with part 1 of the why organic series.  Come and discover organic farming with a visit to Chateau Feely in South West France ; stay with us or do a multi day courses or multi day tours  or  . Join our mailing list at the bottom right of the homepage to stay up to date with our news.

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