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Length: 344 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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“Conciseness is Gordon’s greatest skill. He unfolds a plot branching out far, until a panoramic view of a world past emerges—as vivid as the great realistical novels of the 19th century.” —Welt am Sonntag (Germany)
“So suspenseful that you cannot put it down.” —Leipziger Volkszeitung (Germany)
"Gordon's healthy obsession with research, his ability to create extremely realistic characters, and that innate literary talent of his for which there's no explanation are certain to make this book another best seller." —Elle Magazine (Spain)
“A wonderful book. Enjoy it with a good bottle of wine.” —Bücher (Germany)

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From the author of The Physician and Shaman comes this story of a young vintner—the grapes he grows, the wine he fashions, the women he loves, and his struggle against an evil that seeks to destroy him. Already an international bestseller.

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  • File Size: 2517 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Barcelona eBooks (June 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00840D1EU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 8, 2012
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The intersection of wine and literature is a fine place to rest. The Winemaker will appeal to those who like a good story and to those who appreciate a good glass of wine. Those who love both wine and literature might place The Winemaker on their annual list of favorite reads. It will certainly be on mine.

After four years working in the vineyard and barrel room of a vintner in Languedoc, Josep Alvarez has developed an appreciation of fine wine that he could never have imagined growing up on his father's farm in Catalonia, where grapes are grown to produce vinegar and wine that tastes like horse urine. When he learns that his father has died, Josep decides to return home for the first time since 1870. He discovers that his brother, Donat, wants to sell the farm. Josep buys it and settles in, content to own "a slice of Spain" and hoping to use the knowledge he acquired in France to revitalize the neglected vineyard. Climbing a hill on the property and discovering hundred year old Garnacha vines, he begins to wonder whether it might be possible to produce grapes suitable for something more palatable than vinegar.

After these scene-setting chapters, the novel backtracks to explain why Josep left Spain and how he struggled to make his way into the world. It then returns to the present as Josep pursues his new life as a winemaker. The last section completes a journey of self-discovery as Josep learns to embrace the pleasures of a simple life while resisting his neighbors' urges to be satisfied with its limitations.

While there is satisfying drama in the growing of grapes, Noah Gordon finds things for Josep to do that heighten the story's tension, from chasing a wild boar to the odd but dangerous sport of castell-building.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By JudithAnn on June 14, 2012
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I loved this book! It was such a pleasure to read. Josep is a hardworking, honest man who you only want the best for. Of course, he has his flaws, his moments of bad judgment, but generally, he is a wonderful salt-of-the-earth kind of man. While the story has some more exciting moments, most of the tension resides in the general flow of the story: as a reader, I wanted things to go well for Josep. When they didn't, I worried. When they did, I was happy.

The description mentions a political angle to the story which I was a little worried about, as I don't like political intrigues. Luckily, this was only a very small part of the book and served merely to give Josep a history that may come to find him later on in the story.

The story has this friendly, amiable feel similar to that in The Physician (which is one of those books that is eternally in my re-read loop). It reminded me to quite a large extend, in terms of general feel, of The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani. That book starts off in Italy rather than Spain and takes place a little later (1910s rather than 1870s). Also, in Trigiani's book, the story moves to the big city, New York, and later small town America, while The Winemaker takes place mainly in Northern Spain, in a small village.

Even so, these are books about genuine, hardworking people, that struggle through adversity but that deserve a better life than they have. That makes them very satisfactory stories.

The Winemaker follows Josep through a few years of his life, trying to make a living as a vineyard owner. Starting off on his own on his family's vineyard with a debt to his brother, he gains more and more friends and business connections to help him fulfill his dream of successfully running the vineyard. No need to have a special interest in wines or vineyard to appreciate this book.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tony Burson on September 21, 2012
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I have been on a Noah Gorden reading jag. Having enjoyed The Physician I then read Shaman and the last one to complete the trylogy. They seemed to lack something as I headed for the end. This book, 'The Winemaker'took me back to the good writing that I had encountered in the Physician, in this book I learned about Spanish wines and some parts of Spanish history that I must have slept through in class. It was an enjoyable tale not quite a page turner, but almost.
I'd give this 3Stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Figueroa on January 15, 2013
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A great story with Spain as the backdrop of one ordinary individual who triumphs through hard work and perseverance and realizes that success comes with the help of others.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dellamayc on September 22, 2012
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A wonderful story with informative information about how the wine industry started. The factual information is so skillfully mixed into the story line you dont know your learning about such elegant stuff.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Fuller on January 29, 2013
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I enjoyed Gordon's historical journey into the making of an Italian vineyard from the 1800s. The book includes political intrigue on a local and national scale, a good look at life in the 1880s in a small village, romance all combined the difficulty of wine making. I enjoyed the character development, both good and bad. If you are into wine and the history of wine at all, this might be a good book for you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By inmyopinion on March 5, 2013
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Normally I don't finish reading a book like this but at least I did read this through to the end. Maybe I was just empathising with the main character's daily toil. The thing that drew me to it was the mental images of Mediterranean vineyards and the historical perspective. It was too slow paced for me though. The central disruption to their lives caused by one of the many civil wars in that country came early in the book and was not enough to prop up the remaining chapters. I only really finished it because of the almost soporific de-stressing effect it had on me.
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