There is a large number of films which revolve around wine and wine tasting. It is perhaps understandable that wine has become such an influential topic for movie makers, because there is something magical about wine — both in terms of the process of making it and of the history of the vineyards and winemakers themselves. One of the most noticeable things about movies revolving around wine is just how diverse they are — with some humorous, others romantic, and a few documentaries thrown into the mix as well. One thing they all have in common, however, is that they have wine at their core and it serves as the catalyst for some seminal movie moments that will you will remember long after you’ve polished off the final drop of your favorite tipple.
Some of these movies are quite famous but most of them are less well-known among the general public. Here a list a wine movies worth watching
#1 Somm (2013)
A documentary film that follows the tribulations of four real people –real sommeliers– in the final days before the most challenging exam of their life. If they pass they’ll become Master Sommeliers, a title shared among just 200 people around the world. Somm is much more than just a wine movie, it’s a documentary about real people, their passion, and their will to succeed while struggling both physically and emotionally under extreme pressure.
#2 Sideways (2004)
A famous comedy/drama of two guys struggling to maintain their friendship on a bachelor weekend in California’s wine country. The trip quickly deteriorates and threatens to break up the wedding and their friendship for good. There is a guilty pleasure in watching Miles, a self-deprecating wine snob, cope with his midlife crisis while on vacation in wine country.
#3 Bottle Shock (2008)
The film follows a British wine critic and his passion to gather California’s best wines and put them up against France’s best wines in a blind tasting (the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as “Judgment of Paris”). Bottle Shock has everything, female cellar intern, sex in the vineyard, and lots of delicious wine! Although Bottle Shock might not be very accurate, it does include some of the best fly-over shots of Napa Valley you’ll ever see.
#4 Mondovino (2004)
Mondovino is a documentary that attempts to show-and-dispute the capitalistic side of wine. Within the documentary you’ll see some behind-the-scenes encounters with Michelle Rolland, the man whose winemaking style has become a world-wide template to success While the film aggressively pokes at major figures in the wine business, it is a detailed look at the inner-workings of the wine world.
#5 Red Obsession (2013)
There is a sub-sect of red Bordeaux that is so prestigious that their wines are no longer dunk, instead they’re traded like investments in a wine stock market. Red Obsession beautifully illustrates the prestige in Bordeaux. Then the film shows how the fastest growing wine-buying market, China, will stop at nothing to possess it all.
#6 Blood Into Wine (2010)
Maynard James Keenan, frontman of such bands as Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, takes center stage in a documentary about his favorite hobby — winemaking. Along with his business partner Eric Glomski, Keenan has managed to transform an arid stretch of Arizona desert into a lush vineyard that yields some particularly tasty grapes. Through unguarded conversations with Keenan and Glomski, Pomerenke and Page discover just what got the pair interested in winemaking, and why they chose such a hostile natural environment to serve as the site of their winery.