Grab yourself a glass of wine and relax with these wine movies.
Wine and film have a long history of being featured in movies before the inception of the industry. Hollywood has produced countless works of art exposing human flaws and behavior using wine as a prop.
Be it the noir films of the ’50s starring a retired police officer hovering over a glass of whiskey, or Captain Renault offering champagne to his guests in Casablanca, wine and spirits have been a staple tool for filmmakers capturing the human condition.
Below are Firstleaf’s top picks for the best wine movies on streaming platforms, featuring your favorite cabernets, chardonnays, and the like.
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Wine Films on Netflix
This film follows Elijah, played by Momoudou Athie, a worker at his parent’s barbeque business. He grapples with the choice to pursue his dream of becoming a master sommelier or settle for his parents’ demands. Uncorked is perfect for those curious about the intense training and qualifications needed to be a master sommelier. Between the realities of running a business with his family and chasing his dreams to pursue a career in the wine industry, this wine movie features fantastic wine choices like Duckhorn Chardonnay or Staglin Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
Drunk Parents (2019)
As the name implies, Selma Hayek and Alec Baldwin are two parents who abuse wine in their struggle to overcome their financial issues and hide it from their children. At the heart of the couple’s dysfunction is their unhealthy love for red wine, like Merlot and Pinot Noir driving the chaos in its film. To shield their children from this reality, they develop complex schemes in their community to raise themselves out of financial ruin.
This comedy-drama follows the lives of Molly and Abbey, celebrating Thanksgiving in their home with their friends. This chaotic and mayhem-filled dinner features the classic food and drinks associated with the holiday, along with an array of wines and spirits for wine lovers. Although the film doesn’t dive deep into wine country or winemaking, this film is still perfect for your next movie night and your best bottle of wine.
Wine Movies on Amazon Prime
Bottle Shock (2008)
Set in California and France, we follow the life of wine personality Steven Spurrier, starring Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, and other Oscar-nominated actors. This comedy follows Spurrier’s (Alan Rickman’s) efforts to find the best wine that Napa Valley had to offer. His search for the best Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon comes to a head at a blind tasting in France between the finest houses of Bordeaux and the scrappy Napa wineries. The film is based on the acclaimed Judgment of Paris, a blind wine tasting competition in 1976, where French wine judges determined American wines to be competitive with French wines and, in some cases, maybe superior.
This world-traveling series dives deep into the wine industry, exploring the production, marketing, and selling of wine all across the globe. From Italy to France, this series exposes how billionaire winemakers pressure and coerce poor, downtrodden families to rid themselves of their land where they produce wine. Mondovino is told in 5 different languages and manages to show how the wine industry can become gritty and unforgiving to the less fortunate.
A Year in Port (2016)
This documentary follows renowned wine connoisseur Martin Saunier, who travels to Portugal in the Douro Valley to learn about the processing, marketing, and production of Portugal’s iconic port wine. This documentary teaches the intricacies and culture of the Douro Valley and how they create their flagship wine. Dive into the world of winemaking and discover how Portugal’s best wine is made in their most famous wine country.
Wine Movies on Hulu
This romantic comedy starring Paul Giamatti details the story and relationship between Miles, a wine connoisseur and writer, and his newly engaged best friend, Jack. The pair take a trip into California’s wine country in their last trip together as single men. The film takes a bend when Jack and Miles begin a new relationship with two women on their trip to explore California wine, sending the two into disarray when Miles accidentally mentions that Jack is soon to be married. From Santa Barbara to Napa Valley, this wine movie takes on California’s vineyards and American wine.
A Good Year (2006)
This romantic comedy starring Russell Crowe and Abbie Cornish follows the British Stock Broker (Russell Crowe) managing his recent inheritance, a Chateau in Provence, France. AS he spent much of his childhood in Provence, Russell Crowe’s character learns to live a more relaxed lifestyle through winemaking to renovate the old vineyard.
A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
Starring Keanu Reeves, this romantic drama follows a young WW1 soldier (Keanu Reeves) pretending to be the husband of a single pregnant woman stuck in her traditionalist town; she faces great danger from her father. To save herself from her father’s misplaced anger, she and the soldier form a new relationship in the vineyards of Northern California wine country.
Blood and Wine (1996)
This is a neo-noir thriller starring Jack Nicholson as Alex Gates, a career wine salesman, and father failing his family. Set in Miami, the film portrays Alex’s decision to commit a bank heist to support his failing business and family. Filmmakers use wine as a central theme, using Alex, who has long abstained from drinking alcohol, juxtaposing his wife’s wine exploits throughout the film.
Wine Movies on Multiple Streaming Services
The SOMM Trilogy
As of 2018, SOMM 3 debuted following the tradition of its previous films. These films dive into the history and methods of drinking, bottling, and producing wine. Watching a master sommelier speak about their craft and the business behind it while enjoying a glass of wine yourself is precisely what these films were made for.
This film dives into the history and business of the sommelier and wine world. The film focuses on four sommeliers in their process to prepare and eventually take the Master Sommelier Test. This test is classified as one of the most difficult in the world, boasting one of the lowest passing grades in professional tests.
SOMM: Into the bottle (2015)
This is the second movie in the SOMM films, the directors take us literally into the historical, political, and general discourse of wine using ten very special bottles of wine, each with their own story to tell.
SOMM 3 (2018)
The last in the trilogy, SOMM 3 takes yet again a new approach to telling the story of wine. Gathering some of the greatest names in the wine industry, each of them joins in drinking some of the rarest wines they’ve ever come across.
You will be my Son (2011)
This drama and thriller tell the harrowing story of Paul, the owner of a prestigious vineyard, obsessed with his legacy. Paul neglects his son, Martin, a willing and trying man with a winemaking degree, yet Paul sees no value in him. Paul looks elsewhere for a son to secure his legacy, introducing Phillipe, the son of a dying estate manager who wants to inherit Paul’s legacy himself.
A Year in Burgundy (2013)
David Kennard’s “A Year in Movies” is focused on the production history and culture of wine and other spirits in traditional winemaking communities. This film follows seven different families in the Burgundy region of France, each of the winemakers. The movie observes these families through the full year, documenting the culture and business from grape to glass.
A Year in Champagne (2014)
Kennard’s A Year in Champagne features renowned wine connoisseur Martine Saunier narrating the audience through the region of Champagne in France to understand the full history and production methods of real champagne. Saunier speaks to small independent winemakers to the world-renown champagne halls of Gosset and others. This wine movie is perfect for those who want to see how french wine is turned from grape to champagne.
Your Next Wine for Movie Night
Filmmakers’ portrayal of the wine industry and wine culture has been a blessing to wine lovers and movie lovers alike. The ability to capture humanity’s relationship with wine and spirits plays an integral part in how we consume and use wine today.
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