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By Caro,

New Tours and Activities in 2023

French Wine Adventures are excited to announce our new tours and activities for 2023.

A day of education on the French Wine Regions

French wine can be confusing. Part of the secret to understanding wine is understanding geography and grape varietals. On this course you will discover the major wine regions of France and wine tasting. You will explore the French landscape and taste 10 different wines from across France.

This is a fun day of discovery guaranteed to leave you more confident with a restaurant wine list featuring French wine.

A Relax and Restore Day with Yoga and Wine Mini Retreat

We start with a morning stroll in the vines and an hour of hatha vinyasa yoga in the shade outside (if the weatheris inclement the yoga is inside). From there we move to the delightful tasting room at Chateau Feely – an eco-friendly wood, stone and hemp insulated building made of natural materials for wine tasting with a focus on senses and tasting meditatively. That takes us to a luscious 3 course lunch (please notify us on booking if you are vegetarian or have special food needs) at a delighful restaurant. In the afternoon you explore restorative yoga and meditation. The yoga is suitable for beginners.

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Explore our Multi day Wine ToursVineyard Walking toursWine Day tours and Wine Courses!

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By Caro,

Caro Feely in a classic 2 CV

French Wine Adventures bookings are open and COVID-19 protocol

PROTOCOLS due to COVID19 regulations/ Recommendations

We have been working hard to make sure that we can offer a coherent experience that respects the new sanitary regulations at French Wine Adventures and Chateau Feely this season.

French Wine Adventures multi day tours and classes will restart on 27 June for private groups (min 2 people).

From 27 June we will be open for a limited set of day visits at Chateau Feely and subject to these principles:

  • All visits must be booked in advance
  • Maximum 9 visitors at a time / preference for private group bookings
  • Tasting outside when possible, at all times, people that booked together will be seated together and other parties will be seated at separate tables that respect social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser is available and obliged at the entrance to the wine school/ tasting room area
  • Individual spittoons are provided

We ask visitors and clients to please:

  • Respect social distancing of at least 1m
  • Sanitise your hands before entering our premises (we have sanitiser available)
  • Please avoid touching anything unnecessarily
  • Take all the recommended precautions (eg wash your hands regularly, sneeze into your elbow, don’t touch your face) and please don’t visit us if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness

In addition we have limited the type of visits we offer this year in order to be able to better take care of you and us, given the current knowledge, and stage, of coronavirus. The Chateau Feely outside self-guided trail offers a great way to explore the vines on your own. Book a tour and prepacked picnic (or bring your own and buy our wine) to have outside in beautiful Feely vineyard.

Here is the list of the day visits we have available at Chateau Feely this season:


We also warmly invite you to consider our virtual experiences – a way to experience a French Wine Adventure and get a taste of Chateau Feely while staying home.

You can read about the story of Feely organic vineyard, wine school and farm – the series includes three books by Caro Feely (order online with amazon via these links or from your local bookstore)

Grape Expectations: A Family’s Vineyard Adventure in France (Caro Feely Book 1)

Saving Our Skins: Building a Vineyard Dream in France ( Caro Feely book 2 )

Glass Half Full: The Ups and Downs of Vineyard Life in France (Caro Feely Book 3)

Summersdale publishers have also made the 3 book series available as a kindle bundleCaro Feely (3 Book Series)

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By Caro,

7 Must read books to entertain and expand your wine knowledge

In this article published author, wine writer and wine educator, Caro Feely, provides a list of must read books for those learning about wine and keen to broaden their wine knowledge. Caro is co-owner of Chateau Feely, organic and biodynamic vineyard in France.

I recently promised to provide a wine book reading list to our WSET students – to read beyond their WSET text books and provide a wider understanding of wine – wine books that entertain and also educate.

These are my top picks of books that offer learning but with a light touch.

* Note – these links are connected to my amazon affiliate account – if you buy through them I get a tiny kickback – a small contribution to the cost of operating this website- thank you for your support if you do. Alternatively I encourage you to buy from your local bookshop.

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure by Bianca Bosker

My favourite wine book in recent times. Bianca Bosker tells of her quest to become a sommelier and her tasting experiences – among others – in a high flying circle of New York sommeliers.

What you’ll learn – details about tasting, about wine and the underworld of restaurants and sommeliers. It is very entertaining and well written.

Find Cork Dork on amazon here Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste.

Red, White, and Drunk All Over by Nathalie MacLean

A voyage of stories about wine both old and new; some very amusing.

What you’ll learn – details about wine regions that Nathalie visits and wine tasting written in a very easy style.

Find this wonderful excursion on amazon at Red, White, and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass

The Battle For Wine And Love  by Alice Feiring

A mix of anecdotes and interesting people in the wine world with a good dose of why natural wine is good by author and sometime New York Times Wine Writer, Alice Feiring. My partner Sean Feely, the winemaker and winegrower at Chateau Feely also enjoyed this.

What you’ll learn – details about the world of wine from the perspective of Feiring’s passion, natural wine.

Find this great natural wine adventure on amazon at The Battle For Wine And Love.

Wine Wars by Mike Veseth

Mike Veseth is a writer and economist. His books offer anecdotes and entertainment but also a lot of economics and business understanding for the wine sector.

What you’ll learn: economics of wine and business of wine through case studies.

Find Mike’s first book, the one I’m recommending as part of this list, at amazon here Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists and then also consider Mike’s two more recent books that offer good background reading Money, Taste, and Wine: It’s Complicated! and Around the World in Eighty Wines: Exploring Wine One Country at a Time

Wine and War by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup

This book is charts what happened in some of the most prestigious wine regions including Bordeaux and Champagne during World War II, a horrific moment in Europe’s history.

What you’ll learn: what happened in the world of wine during world war II and how that history these regions.

Find this book on wine history on amazon at  Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure.

The Billionaire’s Vinegar: Benjamin Wallace

An investigative journalist delves into the world of auctions for fine wines… this is a page-turning exposé based on a true story of the biggest wine fraudster.

What you’ll learn: this is a serious page turner that reads like a spy novel but in the process you’ll learn about the world of fine wine and also pick up a little about the regions associated with those wines.

Find this rocking high stakes wine auction at The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine.

Grape Expectations: Caro Feely book 1

My list would not be complete without a book about winegrowing. Shameless self promotion in recommending the first book in the memoir series about starting our organic vineyard in France.

What you’ll learn: what goes into running a vineyard and small boutique wine business, life in France and organic winegrowing. If you move onto the second in the series you’ll learn more about the subjects above but also about biodynamics and the third natural winemaking.

Grape Expectations: A Family’s Vineyard Adventure in France (Caro Feely Book 1). The series offers a ‘warts and all’ exposé of what its like running a vineyard and wine business and life on a vineyard. Read the second Saving Our Skins: Building a Vineyard Dream in France (The Caro Feely Wine Collection) and the third Glass Half Full: The Ups and Downs of Vineyard Life in France (Caro Feely Book 3).


These seven books offer a great insight into the world of wine that goes beyond the WSET or Sommelier text books. I’ll be creating another list of wine biographies and of vineyard books shortly so join our mailing list at the bottom right of this page to receive our seasonal newsletter, wine school, events, wine pairing, recipes and more info on this topic.

If you are interested in learning more about wine take a look at our online wine school page, come and do a multi day course or multi day tour .