Making wine is romantic and bucolic, right?
Well, on a good day, it can be; and it can also be a lot of other things as well. New Zealand winery Villa Maria has released a documentary highlighting the incredible highs and heart-breaking lows of making world-class wine.
Billed as essential viewing for wine enthusiasts around the world, it launches on Amazon Prime on 27th February 2020 and explores the challenges, skill and dedication required to bring a wine vintage from grape to bottle.
But don't just take my word for it, Oz Clarke says of Vintage: New Zealand’s vineyards have rarely looked more alluring. The winery processes seem challenging and intriguing and are explained in an easy, lucid style, and the bunch of local Kiwis and foreign drop-ins the director has assembled to talk us through the 40 days from picking the first grape to closing down the final vat, are an engaging crew who tell us really interesting, personal stuff.”
The premiere also afforded a chance to try some of Villa Maria's wines. The standout was the Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2019.
Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2019, £10.26 Ocado citrus, grapefruit and passionfruit with aromatic nettles and herbs; weighty, supple and substantial with smoky spice.
Match with salmon or pork rillettes.