The Vintner's Letters by Peter McAra
A Hunter romance
What law of the universe is it that says when you see a new phrase or an idea for the first time, within weeks, sometimes days, it seems to appear everywhere?
This is an enchanting sequel to the recently published Wine Hunter by Campbell Mattinson, and in a fictionalised account, traces the relationship between pioneering Hunter Valley vigneron Maurice O’Shea and his lady love Marcia Fuller in over 40 letters and photographs preserved by their daughter Simone Bryce.
This is a delightful book which softens and puts flesh on the raw bones of Campbell Mattinson's story, and details more of Maurice's early years studying oenology (winemaking) in France, and of the intricacies of his twin lives – one carving out his vineyards in the Hunter Valley, the other courting Marcia in Sydney – and later of their marriage.
Maurice became torn between his twin loves and ambitions: one to prove to himself, his family and the world that great wines could be made in the Hunter Valley, and the other to win the heart of the talented and beautiful Marcia, who was never to live on his Mt Pleasant vineyard.
The tension between the two was perhaps an as much an ingredient as the grapes themselves in some of the best wines ever made in Australia.
Anyone with an interest in wine or Australian history will enjoy The Vintner's Letters.
The Vintner's Letters by Peter McAra is published by MIRA (Sydney 2007, sc) and retails for RRP A$32.95
- Lower Hunter (NSW)
- Hunter including Newcastle (NSW)
- Hunter Valley (NSW)
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