In the cinema, special places are often used to frame the story that is being told. For this reason, it is usual to develop plots of love between vineyards, with the unique landscape that the vines provide in any of the phenological stages throughout the year. Taking profit of the recent Oscar ceremony, what better time to have a good time among California vineyards or see how the harvest in other places and times, we present some of the essential films that you can see on some of the main platforms.
“Sideways”, a walk through California vineyards
A wine film that we cannot miss is Sideways. Winner of several awards, including the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, thanks to this film we can enter the vineyards of California.
Without spoiling the movie, we can tell you that it is the story of two friends, Miles and Jack Cole, who decide to tour the California wine country as a bachelor party. During the 123 minutes that it lasts, we will be able to see some brushstrokes on how to taste a wine or the different types of grapes.
Dry Law in “This earth is mine”
If you prefer the classic wine movies,” This earth is mine a>” directed by Henry King in 1959 offers us a good perspective of the vineyards of California. The film is based on the novel The Cup and the Sword and it helps us to get an idea of what the years of the Prohibition in the United States.
The French vineyards in the film “A good year”
Another film with wine that we find within the world of cinema, and whose plot runs through vineyards, is “ A good year”. The film was released in 2006 and was directed by Ridley Scott. In its plot, we can see Russell Crowe playing the role of a high-flying executive, who has received a curious inheritance in France. It is a vineyard and winery that he wants to sell, but thanks to it he ends up finding love and becoming fascinated with the wine of Provence.
Quite a romantic comedy that allows us to enjoy the vineyards of the southeastern region of France.
“Back to Burgundy”
If you have read the phrase “Love is like wine, it needs time”, but you did not know where it came from, in the 2017 French film “Back to Burgundy” you will be able to understand this and other phrases that have wine as the protagonist. In a walk through the vineyards of Burgundy, this film focuses its plot on the union between brothers that the vineyards that saw them grow.
“French Kiss”, a film set in the French countryside
Also shot in French vineyards is the 1995 film French Kiss. In this short film, we will discover the love story between the owner of some French vineyards and an American woman. These characters are played by Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan.
“The vineyard”, a crime among vines
With a much darker plot than the previous film, “The Vineyard” by director Esteban Schroeder was released in 2000. This story, based on real events, tells us about the investigation of a journalist from Montevideo who discovers that the murder of a young man in a vineyard has a much more complex story behind it.
“A walk in the clouds”
Finally, although there are many cinema and wine options that we can find, we recommend the 1995 film “A walk in the clouds” directed by Alfonso Arau. Keanu Reeves and Aitana Sánchez Gijón play a couple who visit her family, owners of a vineyard. During the 102 minutes that it lasts, we will live a whole romantic drama that takes place between vineyards. In addition, we will be able to witness the harvest, the elaboration of the wine and the drama of the arrival of a plague in the vineyards.
If we are true lovers of oenology and want to see stories based on real events about wine, on Netflix, HBO and other platforms we have documentaries about vineyards and the world of viticulture. We recommend you watch Mondovino, a documentary by Jonathan Nossiter. Although it was released in 2004, it still serves as a reference to see the different methods and ways of making wine in different parts of the world.
On Netflix, we can find Sour Grapes, the story of the most famous swindler in the world of wine. Specifically, the story focuses on one of the biggest scandals around luxury and author wines, at the hands of Rudy Kurniawan who infiltrated the richest circle of Hollywood in the early 2000s, thanks to his taste memory and his ability to recognize wines in blind tastings.
In addition, we can enjoy short films focused on the viticulture of our country, learning more about viticulture, respectful pruning and caring for the vines.
Phrases about wine in the movies
Without a doubt, wine has served as inspiration for many directors, shaping great stories in cinema. In fact, the Italian film director Federico Fellini said the following:
“A good wine is like a good film: it lasts an instant and leaves a taste of glory in your mouth; it is new in each sip and, as with movies, it is born and reborn in each taster.”
And it is not the only reference that actors, actresses or artists have made about this wonderful drink. Sophia Loren said the following:
“Perfume, like silk, wine, and flowers, is one of life’s necessary luxuries. Its aroma is like a good wine, which needs to be oxygenated before reaching the point of perfection.”
Joan Collins also refers to wine with her phrase:“Age is just a number. It is totally irrelevant unless of course you are a bottle of wine.”
The phrases about wine in the cinema are not unique. Also in series like Game of Thrones, Tyron Lannister makes reference to wine. As you can see, no one can resist its charms. Now that you know some of the films about wine that you can watch, we recommend you do it with a glass of wine and good company. Resalte Vendimia Seleccionada, Resalte Origen and the rest of Resalte wines will be the best complement for your moment of cinema and wine.