1956: When Caterina Rosetta inherits a cottage in the countryside of Italy from a grandmother she’s never known, she discovers a long-buried family secret — a secret so devastating, it threatens the future of everything her mother has worked for.
Many years before, her mother’s hard-won dreams of staking her family’s claim in the vineyards of California came to fruition; but as an old murder comes to light, and Caterina uncovers a tragic secret that may destroy the man she loves, she realizes her happiness will depend on revealing the truth of her mother’s buried past.
From author Jan Moran comes The Winemakers, a sweeping, romantic novel that will hold you in its grasp until the last delicious sip.
“Experiences seeped into one’s life like ink onto paper. One seldom knew which edge would spread into an ugly disaster, and which edge would morph into beauty. Wine was like that, too; a fine line separated artistry from swill.” – From The Winemakers
Writers need inspiration, and while I was writing The Winemakers I visited Napa and immersed myself in the setting. My previous travels to Italy and Paris also influenced my writing, and I hope the settings come to life for readers as they did for me.
Inspired by the Chateau Montelena Winery, the Hess Collection, the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, and other wineries, a vision formed in my mind of the Rosetta family winery. As I was writing, I recalled in particular the Chateau Montelena, which is an intriguing architectural gem built in 1888, and one of the first stone chateaus built in Napa Valley. In fact, legend has it that the chateau was inspired by Chateau Lafite in France. See the chateau here.
If you’d like to explore more of my visual inspiration, check out the portfolios on my Pinterest boards, where I keep visual cues when I’m writing. You’ll find boards for The Winemakers, fashions of the 1920s and 1950s, vineyards, and other boards where I clipped images for everything from the fashions the characters wore and the cars they drove to the dogs they kept, as well as the vineyards, wines, and cities that were woven into the fabric of the story.
About the Author
Jan Moran is a Rizzoli bestselling and award winning author. She writes historical women’s fiction for St. Martin’s Press (Scent of Triumph, The Winemakers), contemporary women’s fiction (Flawless, Beauty Mark, Runway), and nonfiction books (Vintage Perfumes, Fabulous Fragrances). Her stories are smart and stylish, and written with emotional depth. Jan often draws on her international travel and business experiences, infusing her books with realistic details.
The Midwest Book Review and Kirkus have recommended her books, calling her heroines strong, complex, and resourceful. She likes to talk to readers at www.janmoran.com and on social media. She lives in southern California and loves lattes and iced coffee, anything chocolate, and Whole Foods Double Green smoothies to balance it all out.