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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 ›
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.
I'd give this 3Stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This one did not grab me but will stay on my shelf for the future as I am a big fan of Noah Gordon.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read. Interesting and complex characters. Would recommend this to anyonePublished 1 month ago by Dian Baker
Enjoyable light reading. Good for beach and or pool. Similar in style to earlier Noah Gordon stories \ books.
Good for those who like historical fiction.
Exactly what I have come to expect from this master story teller. It is a great read and I would recommend it to everyone.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love visiting vineyards and the story of Josep and the family vineyard where grapes were grown that made wine suitable only for vinegar was filled with stories of winemaking. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jean B