With a glass of life: 20 films about wine and winemaking

The ancient sages claimed that the truth is in wine. The Ministry of Health, which warns that alcohol abuse is harmful to health, would not agree with ancient thinkers. But no one will deny that in every drop of a noble drink there is a bouquet of tastes, shades and aromas. And the intoxicating effect of the gifts of Bacchus, which can ignite passion and inspire adventure, is reflected in many films about wine and its fans.

Uncorked (2020)

The humorous novelty of the movie plays up the age-old problem of grown-up children who do not want to follow in the footsteps of their parents. The protagonist dreams of a career as a sommelier, but the cherished aromas of fine wines are interrupted by the smell of fried meat – the guy must head the family barbecue restaurant. The poor fellow will face a difficult internal struggle between a dream and a sense of duty.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Uncorked

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Mamoudou Ati, Courtney B. Vance, Lashun Pollard…

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3


In wine reflection (2019)

The new Russian film about wine and winemaking contains four short films with extraordinary plots. A boy from a dynasty of winemakers is forced to choose between the family craft and study in the United States. A guest and a restaurateur are arguing, foaming at the mouth, whether the forty-year-old wine is spoiled. The priest resists plans to turn the family winery into a profitable business. A couple of actors pretend to be sophisticated connoisseurs of elite wines.

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Zurab Kipshidze, Jean Noel Martin, Antoine Roux …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Wine Country (2019)

The woman invited her friends to celebrate her fiftieth birthday in a small wine-growing town. After tasting exquisite alcoholic drinks, the ladies forgot the measure and went to the dressing. Drunk women lost control of the situation and rushed in search of alcoholic adventures. A funny comedy from Netflix about a company of women with a common past, filmed in a picturesque valley in California.

Original title:
Wine Country

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Amy Poehler, Rachel Drach, Ana Gasteyer…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.5

Age limit:
16+


Return to Burgundy (2016)

An interesting French film about vineyards is watched in one breath. Three brothers inherit the estate after the death of their father. The guys immediately receive profitable offers for the sale, but the family council decided to continue the work of their ancestors. The brothers, overcoming disagreements, undertake to improve their financial situation and establish the production of a noble drink from grapes.

Original title:
Ce qui nous lie

Genre:
Comedy, drama

Actors:
Pio Marmay, Ana Girardot, Francois Civil …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


White wine from Babbudoyu (2015)

The company of unfortunate winemakers, in anticipation of a grant from the European Union, squandered a fair amount of money, and then was denied funding. Now the bank is demanding that a large loan be repaid within a few weeks, otherwise the winery will go bankrupt. The heroes urgently need to come up with a way to earn money so as not to lose their life’s work. Wine itself will become an unexpected helper in a crisis situation.

Original title:
Bianco di Babbudoiu

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Caterina Murino, Carlotta Bazzu, Valeria Grazi …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Saint Amour: The Pleasures of Love (2015)

A comedy film about winemaking is shot in the genre of alcohol road movie. The farmer’s son wants to give up animal husbandry and switch to the production of alcoholic beverages. The father does not support the initiative. To find a common language, the men go on a trip to France. On the way of father and son, a sea of ​​​​alcohol, sultry women, extraordinary fellow travelers will be waiting. The French writer Michel Houellebecq appeared as a cameo on the screen .

Original title:
Saint Amour

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Gerard Depardieu, Benoit Pulvoord, Vincent Lacoste …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Truth in Wine (mini-series 2015)

A purposeful woman made a successful career as a top manager, leaving no place in her life for family and love. Circumstances force the heroine to return to the old grandfather’s estate. In the wilderness, a woman finds peace and harmony, and also meets true love – her childhood friend. The acquired idyll can be destroyed by cunning raiders claiming a tasty piece of land.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Nikita Zverev, Yana Shivkova, Elena Vetrova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Southern Nights (2012)

The list of the best films about winemakers continues with a sensual Russian melodrama . A cynical careerist, in order to get a promotion, must persuade a provincial farmer to sell land for development. The stubborn villager does not negotiate. The girl has to stay in the outback and overcome the difficulties of life away from the capital. Feelings flare up between two irreconcilable opponents.

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Ksenia Romenkova, Artem Tkachenko, Alexey Kolubkov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
0+


Be my son (2011)

The owner of a successful winery has always dreamed of a purposeful, charismatic and businesslike son, able to inherit and develop the family business. His own offspring does not inspire confidence in a demanding father, but the manager’s son, who arrived at the estate, seemed a worthy successor. The relationship between two fathers and two sons is heated to the breaking point.

Original title:
Tu seras mon fils

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Nils Arestrup, Laurent Deutsch, Patrick Chenet…

Country:
France

Rating:
IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
18+


Vintner’s Luck (2009)

In an amazing movie about wine, higher powers and twists and turns in history, a talented guy from the 19th century dreams of achieving perfection in the art of winemaking. The harsh era brings difficult trials to all the inhabitants of the village: Napoleonic wars, murders, strange incidents. However, the young man believes in a happy outcome, because every summer a real angel appears in the vineyards .

Original title:
The Vintner’s Luck

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Jeremy Renier, Gaspard Ulliel, Vera Farmiga …

Country:
New Zealand, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Uncorked (2009)

A work-obsessed careerist travels to a conference in California to meet a powerful investor. The deal breaks down, depriving the girl of professional prospects, but the heroine meets a famous chef. A man invites a new acquaintance to stay with his parents-winemakers. The heroine is surprised to discover the world outside the office.

Original title:
Uncorked

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Julie Benz, JoBeth Williams, Elliott Gould…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 6.2


Shock Effect (2008)

A feature film about winemakers is worth watching for those who are interested in the history of alcohol production. In the mid-seventies, a wine competition is held in France. A manufacturer from California decides to participate in the competition. It would seem that the American has no chance to defeat competitors from France, Italy, Spain. But the taste of the presented drink conquered the jury at a blind tasting. The real winner of this fateful competition for California entrepreneurs played a cameo role in the film.

Original title:
Bottle Shock

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
18+


Good Year (2006)

A cynical London trader inherits a winery in rural Provence. At first, the prudent pragmatist plans to sell the property that has turned up and put the money into business. Visiting idyllic places that keep memories of childhood, and meeting other contenders for the inheritance make the hero completely reconsider life values.

Original title:
A Good Year

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, Abbie Cornish …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


On the sidelines (2004)

In a film about wine and vineyards, a failed writer who teaches literature at school invites his friend, a B-rate actor who is about to get married , to celebrate the last days of his bachelor life with a trip to sunny California. Friends taste expensive wines, and also, keeping silent about the upcoming marriage, flirt with local beauties. Frivolous trip leads to unexpected consequences.

Original title:
Sideways

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Paul Giematti, Thomas Hayden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra O…

Country:
USA, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
16+


Cider House Rules (1999)

The protagonist grew up in an orphanage and never saw life outside of that institution. The guy excelled in obstetrics and even assists the doctor . Following a couple who came to have an illegal abortion, a young man discovers a different life for himself. The hero gets a job as an apple picker on a farm where cider is produced, not even suspecting what misadventures fate has prepared for him. The plot of the popular film is based on the bestseller by John Irving.

Original title:
The Cider House Rules

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Michael Caine…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Truth in Wine (1999)

A family from a huge rich house is constantly entangled in tragicomic situations. The elderly owner secretly steals elite alcohol from the cellars and plays with the children’s railway. The wife of the owner of the chateau wanders around for business meetings and gala banquets. The young offspring, wanting to achieve everything himself, gets a job as a dishwasher, starts a love affair and risks going to jail .

Original title:
Adieu, plancher des vaches!

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Niko Tarielashvili, Lily Lavina, Philip Bass …

Country:
France, Switzerland, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Blood and Wine (1996)

The fine liquor dealer’s business is on the verge of total collapse. To improve his financial situation, the hero decides to steal a diamond necklace. A mistress and a safecracker help a desperate man pull off a risky operation, but his ex-wife and stepson spoil a carefully thought-out plan at the most inopportune moment.

Original title:
Blood and Wine

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Caine …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Walk in the Clouds (1995)

A soldier returning from the war meets on a train a charming girl who has flown from a married man. The guy agrees to pretend to be the groom for the beauty’s father in order to delay the dangerous moment of recognition. At a noisy wine festival, a fake couple has real feelings, but a soldier demobilized from the army has to return home to his unloved wife.

Original title:
A Walk in the Clouds

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Anthony Quinn …

Country:
USA, Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


French Kiss (1995)

The groom, leaving his bride, went to a conference in Paris, and then by phone said that he fell in love with another. The upset girl immediately goes to the unfaithful lover across the ocean. Fear of flying drives the heroine to hysteria, but a courteous companion helps to calm down. The traveler does not even suspect that a caring Frenchman wants to use a shy person to transport contraband.

Original title:
French Kiss

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Comet Year (1992)

The daughter of a famous elite alcohol dealer goes to an old castle to evaluate the wine collection. In the cellar, the girl discovers a unique bottle spilled back in the time of Napoleon. It is not possible to rejoice at a rare find – a group of intruders laid eyes on the value. The heroine, with the help of a charming swindler , will have to defend the treasured find from the criminals.

Original title:
Year of the Comet

Genre:
Action, romance, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Daly, Louis Jourdan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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