The Beginning

Donkeys in an olive grove at Spannocchia, during our return visit in the fall of 2016. 

Donkeys in an olive grove at Spannocchia, during our return visit in the fall of 2016. 

Cinta Senese hogs under an olive tree at Spannocchia, fall 2016. 

We met in Tuscany ...

In 2013, Rachel and Vincent both independently escaped jobs and lives that felt restrictive to spend a season (or two or three) at Tenuta di Spanoncchia, an agriturismo near Siena in Tuscany, Italy.

Right away we kindled a fierce friendship that continued to grow during months of feeding livestock, checking fence line, stacking firewood, cooking fabulous meals, butchering hogs, making salumi, and exploring the dangerously romantic Tuscan hill towns.

For the full story, check back for news of our debut novel. Expected completion, late 2020 ... maybe; if we have time.