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Two New Yorkers, world sailor Ferenc and his artist wife and their young son, embark on a life time dream to restore a “ruin” and grow their own wines. They choose Tuscany, Italy. Share their adventures and misadventures in this intimate, at times very funny, memoir of restoring a 13th century friary and planting 15 acres of grapes after meticulous soil testing with world famous vintners and local neighbors. Three years later Mate’s wines receive instant international acclaim.

“Readers share a feeling of accomplishment and pride when their Syrah is voted ‘Italian Red Wine of the Year’ by Morrell. “– The New York Times Book Review

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