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Only a few years ago the business of growing and selling high quality wines was tightly controlled by just a handful of countries. France of course, Germany, Italy. They utterly dominated the wine world and there was no possibility that their domination would ever be broken. Now, just a decade or so later, and we have some of the finest award winning wines coming from all over, from California and Australia, and South Africa and Chile and more. Labels that scarcely existed just that short time ago are now household names around the world. Just how did that revolution happen? This unique programme traces the extraordinary way in which the science and the art of European wine making was distilled and transplanted across the world so successfully, that the new generation of wine makers now regularly beat their European parents to the top world prizes. Learn more about great wines in 50 minutes, than you have learned in a lifetime.

NTSC - 52 minutes.

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  • Producers: William Woollard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: DigiComTV
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002WJHBC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jennifer on September 1, 2013
This is a fascinating look into the origins or wine making and of the first countries to produce great wines. Wine is composed of 500 chemicals - sugar, ethanol, etc., and this program explores Australia's wine making industry, as well as those of other countries like France, and The Napa Valley area of California.

The consumption of wine in England is so popular that 200 million glasses of wine are consumed at Christmas alone. There has been a 3,500 per cent increase in England of the sales of Australian wines. And it was Australia which developed the 'bag in the box' wines which England continues to purchase in large quantities.

The history of wine making in the Napa Valley region of California is explored. Wild grapes grew in abundance in early Napa Valley, but it took settler George Calvert Yount to tap the area's potential for cultivating wine grapes. Yount built one of the homesteads in the area, and was the first to plant Napa Valley grapes in 1839. Soon after, other pioneers such as John Patchett and Hamilton Walker Crabb helped introduce the first vitis vinifera grapes to the area.

Charles Krug is credited with establishing Napa Valley's first commercial winery in 1861. His success and leadership sparked a wave of new growth, and by 1889 there were more than 140 wineries in operation, including Schramsberg (founded in 1862), Beringer (1876) and Inglenook (1879).

Since the 1970′s, Clos Du Val winery in Napa Valley, California, has been producing old world style wines with Napa fruit. Today they produce many varieties, including their most popular Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. This winery has even won awards over some of the most prestigious French producers of wine.

Very insightful program about wines and their production and origins. I highly recommend it - just don't drink too many glasses of wine while you're watching this program. Cheers.....
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