“That’s a wrap!” Following our most recent competition to win copies of the French smash hit film ‘You Will Be My Son’, it dawned on us that wine has been cast as the leading role in many hit films since the turn of the century. So to celebrate this success we have compiled our most loved and watched wine-hit films, enjoy (with a glass of wine of course!)
The top wine films of 21st Century
Released in 2004 this comedy-drama film is written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. It is adapted from Rex Pickett’s 2004 novel, Sideways. Payne and Taylor won multiple awards for their screenplay, with Sideways winning the ‘Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay’ whilst being nominated for four other prestigious awards.
The story follows two men in their forties, portrayed by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, who take a week-long road trip to Santa Barbara County Wine Country. During their time in wine country, romantic interest blossoms with the local women. These two men definitely learn some valuable life lessons along the way.
This film is definitely worth a watch and received great reviews. It is an entertaining film, described as “the seminal wine film experience”.
This 2008 American comedy-drama is based on the 1976 wine competition termed the ‘Judgment of Paris’, when California wine defeated French wine in a blind taste test. This was and still is considered one of the most controversial events within the wine industry in modern times. It saw the world’s most experienced wine critics favouring different wines over French wines.
This entertaining film stars Alan Rickman, Chris Pine and Bill Pullman. It premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. If you love wine and the infamous Alan Rickman then you will most certainly enjoy this film with a glass of merlot in hand.
A Good Year
This 2006 British romantic comedy is directed by the great Ridley Scott and features a star filled cast; Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, Didier Bourdon, Abbie Cornish, Tom Hollander and Albert Finney. It is based on the novel written by author Peter Mayle.
The film is set in London and Provence and follows Russel Crowe’s over-worked and stressed investment banker character that is bestowed a French chateau and vineyard in a will. The film takes you through Crowe’s journey as he falls in love with a laid back way of life discovered through making wine. If you ever feel like time is going too fast then this is a great film to watch. It reminds you of what is important in life; wine and love (well that’s our opinion anyway).
Mondovino is a documentary film released in 2004 exploring the impact of globalization on the world’s different wine regions. This highly detailed and informative film was written and directed by American film maker Jonathan Nossiter. It was also nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and a César Award.
Mondovino highlights how critics like Robert Parker and consultants like Michel Rolland have shaped and defined international style. The film highlights the stark contrast between multinational wine producers and small single estate wineries. If you want to see the full picture of wine production then this is the film to watch. A fantastic insight and portrayal of the modern wine world.
Released in 2011 and directed by Giless Legrand, You Will Be My Son, follows a prestigious wine-maker and owner and his son. The father, Paul de Marseul, is disheartened by his son taking over the successful family-business as he does not possess the drive or passion for such a task.
This drama filled film is gripping with unexpected events driving the narrative! See the world of wine through a different pair of eyes and find out whether knowledge, heritage and tradition is enough. French film with subtitles.
What are your favourite wine films?
Do you have any wine films that you watch time and time again? Perhaps there is a famous ‘wine drinking scene’ which you love? Let us know which films you have been inspired by or simply makes for a great night in! Leave a comment below or tweet us.