Virgile's Vineyard: A Year in the Languedoc Wine Country

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John Murray, 2004 - Travel - 288 pages
Among the rich cast of characters he meets during his year of exploration is Virgile, a young local wine-maker who offers to initiate Patrick into the mysteries of each season's work in the fields and in the cellar. Virgile is passionately committed to perfection, though he operates on a shoestring.

At the other extreme is Manu, Patrick's dipsomaniac neighbour, a diehard traditionalist producing a private wine-lake of unspeakable rouge. With Manu as his self-appointed guide, Patrick embarks on a tour of the region's wine makers - a succession of lively encounters with growers as varied as the wines themselves. Interwoven are digressions into the history of the region and its wine-making, from the earliest plantings by the Greeks and Romans.

Meanwhile, the author struggles to deal with his dilapidated inheritance - an unfamiliar and unpredictable world where the brambles have grown as tall as the olive trees, the water supply has just dried up and there is a ferocious animal under the roof tiles.

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These two offerings could very well encourage tourists to seek the road less traveled. Virgile's Vineyard is the amusing and very personal account of Moon's adventures in the wine country of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Patrick Moon studied French and History at Oxford before working as a lawyer in London. He then decided to 'stop' in order to spend more time with his francophilia. He divides his time between London, Oxfordshire and the Languedoc.

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