Caro Feely

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Caro Feely (born Caroline Marian Wardle 6 October 1968) is a South African born Irish writer, Wine & Spirit Education Trust certified wine educator, winemaker and organic activist living in Saussignac, France.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Caro grew up on a sugar farm in Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. After high school at St. Anne's Diocesan College boarding school in Hilton, South Africa she completed a BCom at the University of KwaZulu Natal then Honours at the University of South Africa and a Masters in Economics at Rand Afrikaans University.


She met her husband Sean Feely, a journalist at the time, in Johannesburg. They lived and worked in Dublin for eight years[2] before moving to France to set up an organic vinyard in 2005.[3] Her first book Grape Expectations is about moving from Dublin city to France to go wine farming and converting to organic.[4][5][6]

The second book Saving Our Skins is about settling, converting to biodynamics, transforming the farm to an organic vineyard.[7][8][9]

In 2015 Summersdale published a wine book by Feely, Wine: The Essential Guide to Tasting, History, Culture and More'.

In 2017 Summersdale published Feely's third book in the series about life on the organic vineyard: 'Glass Half Full' [10]

The vineyard owned and run with husband Sean, Chateau Feely, won the Best of Wine Tourism gold trophy for sustainable tourism in the Bordeaux region in 2013 [11] under the original farm name 'Haut Garrigue', officially changed to the Family name SARL Chateau Feely on 20 June 2014 [12] and for vineyard accommodation in 2017 [13] . Feely is the wine writer for Living magazine [14] and has articles published on JancisRobinson [15]

Feely is a regular speaker on the subject of organic farming and wine [16].

The Feelys continue to produce a number of organic, biodynamic and natural wines [17] recognised for their quality [18] and cited as a favourite by a famous character of the Dordogne Martin Walker's [19] 'Bruno Chief of Police'. The Feely vineyard is also known for their vineyard share [20] and harvest weekend covered on RTE (Irish National Broadcaster) Nationwide in November 2009 [21].



  1. ^ "The women who say white wine turns them into monsters...and it's NOT because they drink too much of it". Daily Mail
  2. ^ "Le vin, sa nouvelle vie".
  3. ^ "The grape escape: Fed up with Britain? Meet the family who moved to Chateau Calamity and think again | Daily Mail Online". Mail Online.
  4. ^ "Up a lazy river with me — and my wine glass". Davis Enterprise, By Susan Leonardi From page A9 | April 02, 2015
  5. ^ "Glass of English wine and a good book, anyone?". English Wine Lovers, October 27, 2013 (bok review)
  6. ^ "Month 10 of My Reading Challenge". Frost Magazine, by Frances Colville
  7. ^ "Sunday Book Review | The Shortlist". New York Times, By ERIC ASIMOV DEC. 3, 2015
  8. ^ "Saving our Skins: French Vineyard Dreams (and Reality)". The Wine Economist, July 1, 2014 By Mike Veseth, book review
  9. ^ "Book review: Saving Our Skins, by Caro Feely". Clitheroe Advertiser, 4 September 2014. Rebecca Hay
  10. ^ "Charming, inspiring memoir of family life in a French vineyard -". Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  11. ^ "Les "Best of Wine Tourism" : déjà dix ans". Terre de Vins (in French). 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  12. ^ "SARL CHATEAU FEELY à SAUSSIGNAC (484119284), CA, bilan, KBIS - Infogreffe". (in French). Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  13. ^ "Bordeaux : 22 sites labellisés "Best Of Wine Tourism" 2017". Terre de Vins (in French). 2016-10-18. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  14. ^ "Living Magazine Online". Living Magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  15. ^ "WWC 11 - Caro Feely | Articles |". Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  16. ^ "GLASS HALF FULL talk and tasting with Caro Feely". Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  17. ^ "Travel Adventures in Aquitaine – The lesser known jewel of Southern France". Flux, February 20, 2014
  18. ^ Asimov, Eric (2017-07-24). "The Delicious World of Bruno, Chief of Police". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  19. ^ "Martin Walker". Wikipédia (in French). 2017-11-09. 
  20. ^ Roberts, Genevieve (2008-11-20). "Winemaking without the work". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  21. ^ "Brave or mad: setting up a vineyard in France". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  22. ^ "Why monkeys throwing darts are as good as wine experts".
  23. ^ "Book review: Saving Our Skins, by Caro Feely". Pendleton Today
  24. ^ "Charming, inspiring memoir of family life in a French vineyard -". Retrieved 2018-01-09. 

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