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On a Clare Day

A vine change story

Burt Surmon

On a Clare Day
The green and lovely Clare Valley is one of Australia's finest wine regions. A fortnight's holiday among the vines convinces social planner Burt Surmon and his new wife Jeni to make a life-changing decision. They will quit the city grind to grow grapes, make wine, open a cellar door, art gallery and function centre ...

Forever optimistic, but largely ignorant of farming, Burt and Jeni begin a life of hard yakka. There are so many lessons to be learnt. Marketing, soil types, grape selection, occupational health and safety. And just how to wrangle those stray pigs and deer from the vines.

On a Clare Day is the story of two wine lovers riding wine's boom and bust. Their tale is seasoned with mouth-watering recipes, fusing peasant-style French and Italian with Middle Eastern and Asian cooking.

Burt Surmon was born and bred in King’s Bloody Cross, of the good old days, to a well-travelled father who exposed him early on to food, wine, music, art and different cultures. He thinks this might be the reason he ended up in the Clare Valley with Jeni to develop a vineyard and open a cellar door–art gallery, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743054819
Extent 320 pages
Price: AU$32.95 including GST
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