The Vineyard at the End of the World by Ian Mount (W W Norton, 2012)
Introduced by Matt Chesterton, in conversation with Ian Mount
A blend of in-depth reportage, historical narrative and gossipy anecdotes, ‘The Vineyard at the End of the World’ traces the rise, fall (in fact, multiple rises and multiple falls) and eventual triumph of the Argentinian wine industry.
For the price of a tostado (after all, it was his first book) I managed to snag a series of exclusive podcasts with Ian Mount. Click here to listen to them.
On another occasion I asked Ian how he came to write the book. Here is his reply:
‘I wish I could say that it was some genius idea on my part, but it wasn’t. When I moved here with my wife Cintra in 2005, I was working as a freelance journalist. One day, Food & Wine magazine asked for a story on a Chilean wine family. Then they asked for one on Mendoza. Another story I wrote about Mendoza appeared in Fortune … At some point along the way, somebody said, quite off-hand, ‘You know, it’s a pity that there’s no good book about Argentine wine.’ And he was right. Here was this fascinating industry with great characters that was producing a wine that was booming in the US and Europe, and no one had written a serious book about it – certainly nothing in English. So I wrote a proposal, found an agent … and started drinking a lot of wine.’