TV shows and documentaries for wine lovers

Art and Culture

03/10/2018

Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video... everyone knows that there are countless content streaming platforms today. Movies, shows and documentaries that everyone is talking about and, let's be honest, can save us during awkward lulls in conversation. “So, what are you watching?” Most would say, “Game of Thrones, it's amazing,” “Breaking Bad, the best show ever” or “I got hooked on Lost, the show that kick-started the TV boom.” Opinions and tastes will vary, but everyone can agree that we're spoiled for choice. And that is also true for lovers of good wine and food. Grab a pencil, a piece of paper... and a glass of wine. Here are our picks, where wine plays a starring or supporting role! ;)

Wineman

Every episode of the show focuses on a wine region, describing its landscape, culture and people. Joaquín Gálvez is the Wineman, taking audiences on visits to wineries and vineyards for a firsthand look at the secrets of each region, its people, winemaking methods, and why they've made his list. The show is currently showing in Spain on the Viajar España channel, available on Movistar+ and Vodafone, and on its own site.

Decanted

This Netflix documentary isn't simply set in Napa Valley, but the enclave, one of the wine world's most prestigious, is its star. The Californian valley is about 48 kilometers long and home to over 300 wine producers. Napa has become a mecca for wine lovers, not only because of its top-notch wines, but thanks to the perfect fusion of gastronomy, wine and tourism. Decanted is a must-see doc for anyone who loves good wine and food.

Somm

 A thrilling documentary that follows the lives of four sommeliers as they prepare for a shot at the master sommelier title.  This is an incredibly difficult exam, and the documentary reveals the knowledge, traits and techniques of the contestants in fascinating detail. Available on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Sour Grapes

Sour Grapes explores the world of fraudulent wine auctions through a man called Rudy Kurniawan, one of the wine world's most notorious imposters. For years Kurniawan adulterated the world's most expensive wines in his home lab until a small-scale winegrower from Burgundy unmasked him. An unbelievable but true story that is well worth knowing. Available on Netflix.

Gran Reserva

Let's go back in time a bit to look at this Spanish series which went on the air in 2010 and told the story of three winemaking families in La Rioja. The cast included big-name Spanish talent, including Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Ángela Molina and Tristán Ulloa. If you're interested in checking it out, you can find it on the RTVE website.

Mondovino

This documentary gives us an inside look at the wine world, analyzing the industry and all of its gurus. It provides fascinating insights into how and why wine is made based on the continent, tradition and size of the business. A critical reflection that made a lot of noise upon its release.

The Wine Van

Amazon Prime Video has released The Wine Van in the US and UK, a series that strives to make the wine world appealing to young millennials.  It stars Ian Chapman who, in the first season, travels to wineries in different Spanish appellations of origin, including Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro, Bierzo and Tierra de León.

The chapters are all about five minutes long and shot in English. Most of them ask very basic questions that shed light on subjects like the harvest or different grape varieties. A great choice for wine world novices.

A Year in Champagne

Our final documentary is available on Netflix and shines the spotlight on champagne and the prestigious region known to wine lovers and gourmets the world over. With exquisite elegance, it explains the story behind every bottle of champagne: the way it is made, the techniques and tradition... this documentary is a must!

That's it for our recommendations. They should last you a few days! If you're interested in the subject, you'll discover other films and shows to share with others. We'd be delighted if you did!

 

 

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