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Clos d'Yvigne the story of Patricia Atkinson

I suppose it is all part of the lifestyle thing but after making the decision to move here to France you become aware or make yourself aware of others who for their own reasons have done the same.

Close to where we are living and closer to where we are moving to is a small vineyard called Clos d'Yvigne.

The owner Patricia Atkinson has an extraordinary tale of how it started. I contacted Patricia who has very kindly let me share her experience.

Read Patricia's story here..............

Patricia Atkinson welcomes you to her vineyard and its wines. 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 the Clos d’Yvigne 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 book, The Ripening Sun - One Woman and the Creation of a Vineyard. New developments in 2003/4 include the renovation of two beautiful country houses on the vineyard’s estate as luxury holiday accommodation and the launching of Les Amis de Clos d’Yvigne, a club for supporters of the vineyard and its wine.

Visit the Clos d'Yvigne Website.

Reproduced with the kind permission of Patricia Atkinson