Open your favourite bottle of wine, choose a wine movie from our list, press play and relax.
In these weird times we are living, self-isolation does not mean you stop enjoying good food or good wine. Parties have been postponed, restaurants are temporarily closed and we can’t arrange gatherings with our friends. In our new stay-at-home environment, sharing wine with roommates or a spouse or even by yourself is something we surely deserve – even better if you combine it with a delicious wine movie. I knew you would agree with me, so here is a selection of 14 of the most popular wine movies that have been released over the course of the past six decades.
Both wine and films have the unique ability to fly your senses away to a different time and place
After making your wine selection for you evening of relaxation, now it is time to choose the film. Depending on what mood you are in, there is a wine film for every occasion!
A Good Year (2006)
A British investment broker inherits his uncle’s chateau and vineyard in Provence, France where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold. An alluring cafe owner adds amour. (Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney)
Bottle Shock (2008)
The film is about the early days of California wine making and based on a true story. It features the now infamous, blind-wine tasting in Paris of 1976 – when wine from the US region of Napa Valley was selected (by the French judges!) as the winner, beating all the French contenders. (Stars: Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman)
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California’s wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen)
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
In this comedy, based on Robert Crichton’s novel, the members of an Italian hillside town of Santa Vittoria endeavour to hide their only source of income, one million bottles of wine, from the German invaders during World War II. (Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisi)
Wine Country (2019)
During a vacation to Napa Valley, a group of long-time friends reunite and revisit past choices in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy from director Amy Poehler. (Stars: Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer)
Still able to arch some eyebrows after all these years, Mondovino keeps a close eye on critics, consultants, and the big guys versus the little guys. A documentary on the impact of globalisation on the world’s different wine regions. (Stars: Albiera Antinori, Allegra Antinori, Lodovico Antinori)
Red Obsession (2013)
Documentary about the great chateaux of Bordeaux’ struggle to accommodate the voracious appetite for its rare, expensive wines, which have become a powerful status symbol in booming China. (Stars: Russell Crowe, Sara Eisen, Debra Meiburg)
During nearly 40 years, only 220 professionals worldwide have passed the Master Sommelier exam, which is considered one of the crowning achievements of wine knowledge. This documentary follows four candidates as they swirl, sip and study for the test. (Stars: Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble)
Sour Grapes (2016)
A look at the darker side of wine buying and collecting, this documentary covers one of the wine world’s most prolific fraudsters. It is about the fine and rare wine auction market centring around a counterfeiter who befriended the rich and powerful and sold millions of dollars of fraudulent wine through the top auction houses. (Stars: Laurent Ponsot, Jay McInerney, Jefery Levy)
Elijah must balance his dream of becoming a Master Sommelier with his father’s expectations that he carry on the family’s Memphis-style barbecue joint. Uncorked is warm, funny, and a great introduction to the passion of budding wine fanatics, whatever their background. (Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Lashun Pollard, Michael Mobley)
A Heavenly Vintage (2009)
This is a tale of a 19th-century French peasant who longs to make great wine. In his quest, he is inspired by his beautiful wife and a proud baroness, as well as Xas, a male angel who tempts with tantalising secrets. (Stars: Jérémie Renier, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Patrice Valota)
A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
A married soldier returning from World War II poses as a pregnant woman’s husband to save her from her father’s anger and honour. (Stars: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Anthony Quinn)
Year of the Comet (1992)
Instead of vineyards, the setting is the Scottish Highlands for this caper, in which a prim young woman uncovers the most expensive bottle of wine in the world. Can she and her boorish bodyguard fend off thieves and the temptations of unlikely love? (Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Daly, Louis Jourdan)
You Will Be My Son (2011)
Paul has no faith in his son, Martin, to inherit his prestigious family wine estate. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son – a dream that one day seemingly materialises when he meets Philippe, the son of his dying estate manager. (Stars: Niels Arestrup, Lorànt Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais)
Do you have any favourite movies from this list or may you have other wine films to share? Would love to hear from you in the comments!
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