5 of the Best Films About Wine!
We’ve been celebrating all types of occasions with wine for centuries and we hope to continue that theme for years to come. We drink it at meals, we drink it at restaurants, and we even drink it in bed because why the heck not. But what’s even better for wine lovers is when it’s celebrated in film. So we assembled some of the best films that celebrate wine.
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
We don’t expect many people to know of this classic, but it’s a real gem. During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village attempts to hide a million bottles from the Germans.
Italo Bombolini (Anthony Quinn), the mayor of the winemaking hill town of Santa Vittoria, discovers that the German occupation forces want to take all of Santa Vittoria’s wine with them. The townspeople desperately hide a million bottles in a cave before the arrival of a German army detachment under the command of Sepp von Prüm (Hardy Krüger). Maybe throw this one on your Netflix queue and grab a bottle of Laurita.
Okay, this wine film is a little bit more recent so chances are you at least heard of it. The title, meaning a “world of wine” in Italian, this documentary film explores globalisation and its impact on the world’s winemaking regions. With huge multinational wine producers around, the documentary wonders if small, single-estate wineries can truly survive? American filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter explored the question in this very intimate look at the wine-making world. Considering that Laurita is among the smaller wineries, this film holds special meaning for us.
The Muppet Movie (1979)
So maybe this doesn’t have quite the edge and gravity of Mondovino, but it has wine and Steve Martin so why not!
French Kiss (1995)
If anyone dominated romantic comedies in the 90s, it was Meg Ryan. Although not directly related to wine, the film has a backdrop of some French vineyards, as Kevin Kline plays the prodigal son of a French family of vineyard owners. Here’s another good Netflix night!.
This 2004 dramedy about wine was an instant classic. You simply cannot visit a vineyard or order merlot again without referencing Paul Giamatti’s curmudgeonly character’s signature line “No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f*cking Merlot!” The film was good enough to garner multiple oscar nominations, including Thomas Hayden Church for Best Supporting Actor.
What are some of your favorite wine movies? Leave a comment and let us know!