So, the film Dave Fuller and I made in the Douro is now live. We’re really pleased with it, but would love to hear some feedback. If you have 8 minutes to spare, please take a look:
The world of wine is full of great stories. Together, they want to tell some of these stories through a series of short films, each with a strong narrative theme.
The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is the subject of the first of these films. Until 20 years ago, the Douro was all about Port, the famous fortified wine. The table wines from these spectacular vineyards were an afterthought: as one noted Douro winegrower states, the Douro is a region with a 2000 year history of making bad wine.
But of late, a revolution has occurred. A table wine revolution. A band of committed winegrowers have begun making great wines from the Douro, achieving international acclaim over a short space of time. In effect, it is the oldest new wine region in the world.
There are challenges, though—the steep slopes have to be terraced, and must be worked by hand, which is expensive. This is not a region for cheap wines. And still too many of the new wines bear the heavy hand of the winemaker, and technological solutions in the winery.
The Douro table wine revolution is a remarkable story.
Some stills from the filming: