An updated and selected list of the 20 best Italian and foreign wine -themed films, with year of production, plot and trailer selected by Italy's Finest Wines:
1) Sideways (2004)
Sideways is definitely a cult film that cannot fail to be mentioned in such a list: it is a 2004 American comedy-drama directed by Alexander Payne and written by Jim Taylor and Payne. A film adaptation of Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two men in their forties, Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti), an unsuccessful depressed teacher and writer, and Jack Cole (Thomas Haden Church), an actor who went first, who travel a week in Santa Barbara County wine country to celebrate Jack's next wedding. Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen also act. Sideways won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Haden Church) and Best Supporting Actress (Madsen).
Trailer of the movie Sideways
2) Back to Burgundy (2018)
In "Return to Burgundy", Jean (Pio Marmaï), the prodigal son of a family of winemakers, returns to France from his current home in Australia after learning that his father is ill. The feelings of youth work on him like the Proustian madeleines, although it is not easy to reunite with his alliterative name brothers.
Juliette (Ana Girardot) is happy with her return, but Jérémie (François Civil) wonders why her brother - 10 years away - never recognized her mother's death. While the reason for Jean's spoiler for not returning is surprisingly plausible, his departure in the intermediate time is less so. While "Return to Burgundy" is taking place, it often seems that phone calls or the timely removal of a letter from a jacket pocket may have spared this clan of resentment.
3) Mondovino (2004)
Mondovino (in English World of Wine) is a 2004 documentary film on the impact of globalization on the various wine regions of the world written and directed by the American filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter. He was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and a César award. The film explores the impact of globalization on the various wine-producing regions and the influence of critics such as Robert Parker and consultants such as Michel Rolland in defining an international style. It contrasts the ambitions of the big multinational wine producers, in particular Robert Mondavi, against the small individual wineries that traditionally produce wines with individual character guided exclusively by their terroir.
Trailer of the movie Mondovino
4) Red Obsession (2013)
Red Obsession is an Australian documentary film from 2013 that collects interviews with wine producers and wine lovers from all over the world. The film is narrated by Russell Crowe. Red Obsession was co-directed and co-written by David Roach and Warwick Ross. Red Obsession accompanies the public on a journey from Bordeaux to China, where wine producers, critics and wine lovers are interviewed. Wine industry trends are also examined, with occasional narratives provided by Russell Crowe.
Trailer of the movie Red Obsession
5) SOMM (2013)
SOMM is an American documentary from 2013 following the attempts of four candidates to pass the extremely difficult exam of the Master Sommelier, a test with one of the lowest success rates in the world. Directed by Jason Wise, a sequel, SOMM: Into the Bottle, was released in 2015 and a third film, SOMM 3, was released in October 2018. A TV series based on the film launched on Esquire Network in November 2015.
Trailer del film SOMM
5/2) Somm: Into the Bottle (2015)
E’ un documentario sul vino 2015 e un sequel di SOMM (2013). Il film racconta la storia e la storia del vino attraverso dieci diverse bottiglie aperte in tutto il film in diversi capitoli. Diretto da Jason Wise, è stato presentato in anteprima al Napa Valley Film Festival e ha caratterizzato il cast principale del film SOMM originale, oltre a personaggi illustri del mondo del vino. Il film è stato distribuito da Samuel Goldwyn Films. Un terzo film, SOMM 3, uscito nel 2018.
Trailer del film SOMM into the bottle
6) Somm 3 (2018)
Il terzo film della serie di documentari SOMM, dopo il SOMM del 2013 e il SOMM del 2015: Into the Bottle. Diretto da Jason Wise e distribuito da Samuel Goldwyn Films, SOMM 3 è incentrato su due degustazioni che ricordano il Giudizio di Parigi del 1976.
Trailer del film SOMM 3
7) Bottle Shock (2008)
Bottle Shock is a 2008 American comedy-drama film based on the 1976 wine competition called "Judgment of Paris", when Californian wine defeated French wine in a blind taste test. He is played by Alan Rickman, Chris Pine and Bill Pullman and is directed by Randall Miller, who wrote the screenplay with Jody Savin and Ross Schwartz. It premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Trailer del film Bottle Shock
8) A Year in Burgundy (2013)
The film follows seven wine families from the French region of Burgundy over the course of a whole year and delves into the cultural and creative process of wine production, as well as its deep links with the land. What's in the rhythm of a year, from vines to grapes to wine? The film is divided into four seasonal sections and takes place in that scenario: spring showers, drought, heat waves, hail and storms, harvest moons and the wet cold of winter. Each vintage is a time capsule, a piece of history in the bottle of a very specific year, with its particular weather pattern, its crises and its triumphs. It's all right, whether you want it or not, and 2011 was full of dramas.
Trailer of the movie A Year in Burgundy
9) Saint-Amour (2016)
Saint-Amour is a 2016 French-Belgian dramatic comedy directed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern
The story of a father and son, farmers, whose relationships are conflicting. In an attempt to forge a new complicity, they go on the wine route, with a Parisian taxi, crossed at the exit of the Agricultural Fair.
10) A Good Year (2006)
It is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed and produced by Ridley Scott. The film is starring Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, Didier Bourdon, Abbie Cornish, Tom Hollander, Freddie Highmore and Albert Finney. The film is loosely based on the 2004 novel of the same name by British author Peter Mayle. Young Max Skinner, whose parents died in an accident, spends his childhood summer vacation learning to appreciate the finer things in life on his uncle Henry's estate in Provence in southeastern France.
11) Story of Wine (2008)
Story of Wine (스토리 오브 와인 Seutori obeu wain) is a 2008 South Korean film directed by Lee Cheol-ha and starring Lee Ki-woo. It is Korea's first interactive film.
At the one-year anniversary party for the Story of Wine wine shop, Min-sung created an exclusive wine list specially combined with a unique story that represents the qualities of each wine. Love, bewilderment, friendship, each bottle has a story.
Trailer of the movie Story of Wine
12) Barolo Boys (2014)
It is a documentary film of 2014 on the history of a group of young winemakers (later called Barolo Boys) who in the 80s and 90s radically changed the world of Barolo wine, in the Langhe, in north-western Italy. The film describes the last thirty years of technical innovations and changes in the history of Barolo, almost unknown until the 70s (apart from its homeland, an area of 11 municipalities in the Langhe) and now considered one of the best wines red to the world. This is partly due to the work and innovations of the Barolo Boys, or Modernists, who have introduced a series of technical innovations into the world of Italian wine.
Trailer of the movie Barolo Boys
13) The Last Prosecco (2017)
It is a film directed by Antonio Padovan and based on the novel by Fulvio Ervas. The yellow is set among the vineyards of the Venetian hills. Giuseppe Battiston plays Stucky, a half Venetian and half Persian inspector who investigates a series of murders. The only suspect is the defutno count Desiderio Ancillotto, a great winemaker who seems to have committed suicide by staging a picturesque and theatrical suicide.
Trailer of the movie The Last Prosecco
14) Holy Money' (2009)
Anthony's family runs a small Italian restaurant in London. When his childhood friend, Dario, dies in a suspicious accident, Anthony inherits a vineyard in Sant'Angelo, the village where his parents came from in Italy. Surprised by the large sum of money offered to him by a curious Italian "Maestro del vino" for the land he has just inherited, and considering the mysterious circumstances surrounding Dario's death, Anthony decides to drive to Sant'Angelo. Anthony soon feels in the middle of something he doesn't understand and wants to leave, but ... He gets tangled up in the "Love" network and suddenly finds himself the target of a mad man hunt. But then, "Who says miracles don't happen?".
Trailer of the movie Holy Money
15) Rupi del vino (2009)
The film is a documentary tribute to the "heroic viticulture" of Valtellina, to its fine wines, to the ancient winemaking tradition of terraces and dry-stone walls, exploring ancient landscapes with the contribution of Mario Soldati from the book "Adventure in Valtellina" and those of the eighteenth-century agronomist Pietro Ligari from the manuscript "Ragionamenti d'agricoltura". The film was created to raise awareness and promote the historical, cultural and viticultural richness of the area on the occasion of the UNESCO candidacy of the Valtellina terraces. The largest terraced mountain wine-growing area in Europe.
16) American Wine Story (2014)
This is a sensational story / documentary about winemakers and their evolution in America. There are many obsessions in the world, but few efforts attract the same devotion as wine. American Wine Story is a documentary about wine lovers who have taken their obsessions to the extreme, chasing their dreams with a bottle in one hand and a corkscrew in the other.
Trailer of the movie American Wine Story
17) Blood into wine (2010)
Blood into Wine is a 2010 documentary film about the Northern Arizona wine industry focused on the singer of the American band Tool, Maynard James Keenan, and Eric Glomski and their wine Caduceus. A remixed soundtrack of the Keenan band Puscifer has been released. he listened in the film, called Sound into Blood into Wine.
Trailer del film Blood into the wine
18) Sour Grapes (2016)
Documentary on the auction market for fine and rare wines focused on a counterfeiter who befriended the wealthy and powerful buyers and sold millions of dollars of fraudulent wine through the best auction houses.
Trailer of the movie Vino amaro
19) Wine for the Confused (2004)
Wine for the Confused is a documentary hosted by John Cleese. It is a carefree introduction to wine for beginners. Cleese guides the spectators through the basics of the types of wine and vines, the winemaking, tasting and terminology, the purchase and conservation of the wines, through direct narration and interviews with wine producers and wine sellers. The length of the film is 92 minutes and includes visits to California wineries. The film ends with a large group that leads a blind wine tasting with unexpected results.
20) El camino del vino (2010)
The famous sommelier Charlie Arturaola arrives in Mendoza, Argentina, to take part in the glamorous "Masters of Food and Wine" event, after "traveling the world on a bottle of wine", as he usually says.
Once in the event and before its tasting, something unusual happens between glamor, stress and marketing: it loses its palate. Charlie needs to get it back. In search of a solution to his problem, he has decisive encounters with the most important people in the world of wine, such as Michel Rolland, who thinks he has to "wash" his palate with the best wines from the region. Charlie begins a journey from huge cellars through small vineyards and the harvest processions get closer to the people of the villages who work the vine.