Ferenc Máté

Local Experts: Tuscany, Ferenc Máté

Ferenc Máté is a Hungarian-born best-selling author who lives in a 13th-century friary on a working vineyard in Tuscany. His repertoire of jobs includes working on a railroad and on tugboats, and as a boat-builder, a photographer, a book editor, and a writer. Before settling down with his wife (a painter) at their vineyard in Tuscany, the couple spent 20 years living on sailboats, traveling the world, and researching ancient cultures for Ferenc’s historical fiction adventure series. Ferenc’s work has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Departures, and The New Yorker. He’s lived in Vancouver, Laguna Beach, Whistler, New York City, Paris, and Rome. In Ferenc’s book, “A Reasonable Life: Toward a Simpler, Secure More Humane Existence,” he discusses the negative impacts of our modern society and offers alternatives he’s learned from ancient cultures. Ferenc’s family winery, Mate Winery, crafts one of the world’s greatest varietals, Brunello di Montalcino.

• Published 20 books, including best-sellers and a New York Times Notable Book
• Owner of Mate Winery in Tuscany
• Traveled the world for 20 years researching ancient cultures for a book series

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