New film features 'Outsiders' in Languedoc

  • Wednesday 19 December 2012

A new film following the fortunes of 12 Languedoc-Roussillon winemakers is released next month.

Domaine de Cébène (Faugères) vineyard

Terroiristes: workers at Domaine de Cébène (Faugères)

Les Terroiristes du Languedoc
, by Californian director and wine blogger Ken Payton, was filmed in May during budbreak, and September during harvest.

The documentary focusses on ‘the region’s diverse terroirs, its viticultural methods...winemaking innovations [and] the economic realities of winemaking,’ a press release says.

Of the 12 domaines featured in the film, five are members of the Languedoc ‘Outsiders’ group, winemakers who are not native to the region.

They include the American John Bojanowski at Le Clos du Gravillas in St Jean de Minervois, Britain’s Jon Bowen at Domaine Sainte Croix in Fraïssé-Corbières, and the French-Australian partnership of Emmanuel Pageot and Karen Turner at Domaine Turner Pageot, in Gabian.

Ken Payton said, ‘The over-arching objective of my film is to entertain, educate and inform [about] a region of innovation, creativity and wines of exceptionally high quality, born out of an unrivalled diversity of terroirs and wine growing methods, enhanced by strong environmental stewardship.’

Payton’s previous wine films are the 2010 feature-length documentary Mother Vine, about Portugal, and Azores, From Lava To Wine. Both films deal with changing wine culture: ‘Generational succession, endangered grape varieties and vineyards, and international marketing.’

In 2012 Mother Vine won two awards at the Oenovidéo International Grape and Wine Film Festival.

Les Terroiristes du Languedoc premiers in Montpellier on 27 January 2013. It will also be available on DVD and online.

Watch the trailer here

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