Start reading The Winemaker on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

The Winemaker [Kindle Edition]

Noah Gordon
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $14.99 What's this?
Print List Price: $14.99
Kindle Price: $9.99
You Save: $5.00 (33%)

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.99  
Paperback $12.28  
Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

From the author of The Physician and Shaman now comes this story of a young man—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.

Josep Alvarez is a young man in the tiny grape-growing village of Santa Eulália, in northern Spain, where his father grows black grapes that are turned into cheap vinegar. Joseph loves the agricultural life, but he is the second son, and his father’s vineyard will be inherited by his brother Donat, the firstborn. Josep needs to keep his hands in the soil. He yearns for a job growing grapes and for an opportunity to marry Teresa Gallego.

In Madrid, an assassination plot, conceived against the political leader of Spain by men of wealth and power, creates a storm of intrigue that sucks into its vortex a group of innocent young farm workers in Santa Eulália. How Josep’s life is changed drastically by these events, and how, ironically, they gradually turn him into an inspired vintner with an evolving vision of life, is the fascinating story of The Winemaker.



Editorial Reviews

Review

“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)

About the Author

Noah Gordon has had outstanding international success. The Physician, soon to be a motion picture, has been called a modern classic, and booksellers at the Madrid Book Fair voted it “one of the 10 best-loved books of all time.” Shaman was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Both of these books, and five of the author’s other novels—The Rabbi, The Death Committee, The Jerusalem Diamond, Matters of Choice, and The Winemaker—are published in digital formats by Barcelona eBooks and Open Road Integrated Media. Gordon’s novel, The Last Jew, will also be published digitally in the near future. He lives outside of Boston with his wife, Lorraine Gordon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Barcelona eBooks (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00840D1EU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The intersection of wine and literature June 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very satisfying story June 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic September 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wine Maker September 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary men January 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced March 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an Italian vineyard January 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Winemaker shows tenacity in obtaining his goals.
Except for a few scenes that did not help the story, the novel is good. Shows how staying focused on your dreams and willing to put forth the extra effort, one can obtain one's... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Art Rademaekers
3.0 out of 5 stars The Physician set the bar too high.
Noah Gordon writes terrific period books - eminently readable, very well researched and very humane. Sadly, he seemed to have run out of steam with The Winemaker. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bonnie M.
3.0 out of 5 stars A very quiet story
A quiet novel. Full of vivid color. I found myself in the villages of Spain. Great intro to this area of Spain and southern France where I will be traveling next year.
Published 7 days ago by d2w
4.0 out of 5 stars Comments on "The Winemaker"
I enjoyed this book because I enjoy wine and have an interest in the whole winemaking process. The characters are well-drawn, which is typical of Noah Gordon's books, and the sense... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ivygemm
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoy stories with some historical connection. This book was about a time in Spanish history about which I was not very familiar.
Published 22 days ago by Joyce S Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely held your interest, I was drawn into his life, he was a...
Excellent bit of story telling. A bit of history and life's hard lessons all rolled in to a nice read. Let's not forget that honesty
and hard work can really pay off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerry C Redmon
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if You Like Historical Fiction
Interesting period in European history. Writing's not bad but I could of done without a particularly disturbing passage involving a child. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Waterlee
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story about a simpler time.
Even if you think you would not be interested in wine making,please read and enjoy this book. A wonderful story of a man who manages to make his own destiny, using caution and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P A A
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read!
I like stories that are uplifting. Ones that tell a good story. I confess that some times I like a more straight forward story.
Published 2 months ago by xkey
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story with a bit of history.
A pleasant story with an interesting protagonist. I like how the author interwove some interesting true historical aspects into a sweet story about a young man and his desire to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jacquelin11
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category


ARRAY(0xa618357c)