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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446429976
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

The Ripening Sun




The Ripening Sun plugs directly into the fascination for books by inspirational women who have dared to live their dream, such as Extra Virgin and The Olive Farm. An inspiring autobiography, set in romantic France, to be enjoyed by fans of wine and success stories worldwide.

For most people giving up the day job and moving to a beautiful area of France and living off the vines is an impossible but delicious dream. In 1990, Patricia Atkinson and her husband decided to sell up in Britain and emigrate to the Dordogne. Their idea was to buy a house with a few vines attached and employ someone to tend to the wine while they earned their living with some financial consultancy work. There followed a series of disasters: the stock market crashed leaving their small holding as their sole source of income; the first red wine harvest turned to vinegar; and Patricia's husband returned to Britain, unable to cope with the stress. He never returned. Patricia Atkinson, whose only knowledge of wine up to that moment was 'that it came from a bottle' and who had not a word of French, was left to salvage their life savings form the vineyards. What follows is a remarkable story of struggle and transformation whereby her tiny 4 hectare plot has become a major estate of 21 hectares, where her Clos d'Yvigne wines have won awards and been adopted by wine merchants throughout the world and where she has been hailed as a superstar by UK wine writers.

  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446429976
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Patricia Atkinson

In 1990 Patricia Atkinson moved to South West France to take on a small vineyard. She spoke little French and knew nothing of wine making.Today the wines of Clos d'Yvigne’s vineyard are internationally acclaimed for their high quality. The vineyard is three times its original size. And the story of the struggle and the success has reached a wide audience through Patricia Atkinson's bestselling books, The Ripening Sun and La Belle Saison.

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Praise for The Ripening Sun

Remarkable...an extraordinarily affecting read

Carla McKay, Daily Mail

Enthralling...you end up admiring this plucky, warm-hearted woman and lusting to sample her vinous output

Christopher Hirst, Independent

Should be required reading for anyone enjoying the vineyard dream...an impressive human story

Spectator

[an] eloquent tale

Citylife

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