Book review: Virgile’s Vineyard, Patrick Moon

Book review: <i>Virgile’s Vineyard</i>, Patrick Moon

Virgile’s Vineyard
Patrick Moon, Matador, £9.99

This is an expanded version of Virgile’s Vineyard: A Year in the Languedoc Wine Country, which was first published in 2003, and has been produced to sate popular demand. It’s an autobiographical tale of upping sticks, abandoning a career as a solicitor and embarking on a sabbatical in the south of France.

While renovating a long-neglected country house, overgrown with brambles and minus a functioning water supply, Moon has a succession of lively encounters with local characters – including Virgile, a youthful winemaker who offers to initiate him into the essentials of running a vineyard. It’s adeptly written and full of advice for those who dream of owning their own French vineyard. ★★★

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With a BA in French and History of Art from the University of Bristol, Florence spent a year living in Paris, studying Art History at the Sorbonne and working in publishing. She travels regularly back to France for both work and pleasure. Florence's passion for France revolves around its gastronomy, art and pleasure-seeking lifestyle, and the rebellious streak found only in a nation constantly looking for an excuse to go on strike!

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