Climbing the Vines in Burgundy: How an American Came to Own a Legendary Vineyard in France (Paperback)

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Named one of the New York Times Best Wine Books of 2023 Named one of the Washington Post's Best Wine Books of 2023 This is a unique tale about the first non-Frenchman to ever own one of the Montrachet Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy, France. Weaved throughout entertaining stories that celebrate the history of this world renowned region, is the chronicle of an American breaking through cultural barriers to find adventure and success. After a rather conventional start, Alex Gambal left his family's real estate and parking business to follow his passion for wine and winemaking. In 1993, he moved to Beaune, France with his wife and two children. For three years he worked with an exporter, to market and sell some of the oldest French family-owned domains in the world. He and his family were welcomed into a community of distinguished winemakers. In 1997, Alex launched a boutique winery-initially buying grapes and eventually owning 30 acres of vineyards that included the storied Grand Cru Batard Montrachet. Part memoir and part an account of practical business sense, this book is a unique personal story about how an American became a participant in the fabric of this exclusive community and in return gained a profound respect for Burgundy, its unique winemakers, and the romance of its vineyards.

About the Author

Originally from the Washington, DC area, Alex Gambal moved to France in 1993 and over the course of the next 26 years straddled the Atlantic while creating a boutique winery that included some of Burgundy's greatest vineyards. A hard-nosed-businessman in a community steeped in tradition, he defeated the odds by buying some of the most coveted French vines and creating a successful brand that was eventually sold to one of the largest wine makers in the region.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780761873969
ISBN-10: 0761873961
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication Date: August 29th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English