The Ripening Sun (book)


In 1990, Patricia Atkinson and her husband left England for a farmhouse surrounded by vines in the Dordogne. The vines were meant for recreation but then came the recession: they lost everything apart from their dream house and the vineyard which was now their sole source of income. Disaster followed: the first wine harvest turned to vinegar and Patricia's husband developed a serious illness and returned to Britain. Patricia's remarkable story is one of triumph over adversity. Her tiny plot has become a major estate, and the wine has since won France's top wine award and is now exported all over the world. [1]