Described as “a tremendous watch” by British wine writer Oz Clarke OBE, Vintage by Villa Maria is available to watch on Virgin Media Television Player click here to watch now
World-renowned New Zealand winery Villa Maria has teamed up with American filmmaker Colin West to create a feature length documentary that tells a story of winemaking that has never been told before.
“For the first time ever in New Zealand, a winery is capturing the vintage process, peeking behind the curtain of the all-consuming harvest period known as vintage. You’ll see the passion and hard work that goes into every bottle,” says Villa Maria Chief Winemaker Nick Picone.
Vintage follows the experienced team of Nick Picone (Chief Winemaker), Stuart Dudley (Marlborough Viticulturist), Ollie Powrie (Chief Viticulturist), as well as Jessica Marston (Viticulture Cadet) who was undertaking her first vintage. Told through their own unique lenses, Vintage reveals how the team cope with unforeseen challenges, vastly varying climates, frost-filled early mornings and 24-hour-days.
Director and producer Colin West said about the film, “Vintage is feature length documentary that tells a uniquely Kiwi story capturing the incredible highs and heart-breaking lows of making world class wine in New Zealand.” With a film crew following the team for 40 days at the busiest time of year, the director did not know what to expect. “We hoped that everything would go well but we didn’t really know how vintage was going to unfold. It’s so different from one year to the next,” said West. Fortunately, 2019 was a stellar vintage with extremely high-quality grapes which resulted in outstanding wines which will be enjoyed around the world.