Historical Wines Of Portugal Documentary Update

Ξ January 7th, 2011 | → 20 Comments | ∇ A Day at a Time, PORTUGAL |

How to preserve grape varieties? How to persuade sons and daughters to continue a family’s viticultural practice? How to explain to the world what it is you do as a winemaker? Can one assign a dollar value to vine biodiversity? Does a vine’s agricultural history have a value? How to pique the interest of both consumers and wine culture influencers that the product of one’s labor is of significance, is worthy of reflection, long after the last dram of a bottle has been drained? These are not unusual questions. In fact, most (and others) are the very currency of the of the unsaid, the background whispers, of better marketing campaigns. Social media, too, plays an important role. As do other cultural performances as well, such the Portuguese documentary project I have been working on for the past year.
 
Filmed on the Azores, Colares, specific towns and villages in the Alentejo, Vinho Verde, the Dão (and a few surprising locations), the as yet untitled documentary is not a comprehensive look at the Portuguese wine industry, but an attempt to isolate wine-making styles and their producers, grape varieties and vineyards, that can bring into a fine focus all of the questions asked above.
 
It was in October of 2009 that I met long-time winemaker, consultant, professor, and gadfly of the Portuguese wine industry, Virgilio Loureiro, currently of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Lisbon. It was none other than filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter, no stranger to the wine community, who, in the course of our interview, insisted I look Virgilio up when in Portugal for the second European Wine Bloggers Conference. No better bit of advice has been ever given me.
 
For now, after many financial set-backs, I am very happy to report that the editing of more than 70 hours of footage will begin in earnest in a little over one week’s time with the arrival in California of my cameraman and editor Nuno Sá Pessoa Costa Sequeira, and associate producer and translator Lilana Mascate, from Lisbon. A labor of love, deep have the four of us dug into our own pockets; but through the generous contributions of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia, the Instituto Da Vinha E Do Vinho, the Pousadas de Portugal, wine-producing organizations in the Azores, and other Portuguese sources yet to be officially confirmed, we now have the wherewithal to assemble a film restricted only by the collective imaginations of crew.
 
As though the mere completion of such documentary were not its own reward, we have learned that the first screening of the film will be during the 100 year anniversary celebrations at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia itself later this year. Due to be finished by April of this year, I do not, as of this writing, have firm dates for the actual screening. More to come…
 
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  1. Louise Hurren said,

    on January 7th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    happy for you – i shall look forward to seeing the end result.

  2. Admin, Ken Payton said,

    on January 7th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Thank you, Louise. We have a film somewhere in the mountain of footage. We’ll find it!


  3. on January 7th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    hurrah! :)

  4. Admin, Ken Payton said,

    on January 7th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Thank you, Robert!


  5. on January 7th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    How excited are you Ken?! Months in the waiting, and finally, your dream will become a reality! As always, if we can ever do anything to help, please let us know!

  6. Admin, Ken Payton said,

    on January 7th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you, Gabriella. You guys have been an important source of inspiration. I shall be in touch.

  7. Tiago Caravana said,

    on January 8th, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I’m looking foward to see this documentary!


  8. on January 8th, 2011 at 4:04 am

    such an exciting project – let us know what we can do to help publicise it on the ViniPortugal web site.

  9. Admin, Ken Payton said,

    on January 8th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Thank you, Judy. That is a very generous offer. I will be in touch.

  10. Admin, Ken Payton said,

    on January 8th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Thanks, Tiago. I hope we will make a film worth your time.


  11. on January 8th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Ken! What a great news!!! You are part of honorable community which is REALLY preserving authenticity. Let me know please when it’s ready.

  12. Admin, Ken Payton said,

    on January 8th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you, Maciek. You will be among the first I contact.

  13. Marta said,

    on January 9th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Congratulations or Parabens in Portuguese! I am very proud of my country and the delicious wines we do have! I am looking forward to see the documentary and I hope that it can promote all the beautiful Wines and regions of Portugal!

  14. Admin, Ken Payton said,

    on January 9th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you, Marta. And keep up the good work. You write a fine blog.

  15. 1WineDude said,

    on January 10th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I am hoping this becomes EPIC. In any case, I’m psyched to see it when it’s ready!

  16. Admin, Ken Payton said,

    on January 10th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Thank you, Joe.

  17. Anders K said,

    on January 12th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Exciting work in progress, Ken. I’m looking forward to the finished product. Good luck!

  18. Anders said,

    on January 15th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Hi Ken, Congratulations on well finished field production. I look forward to see the film. When finished, where will the film be distributed and will it also be produced in pal/dvd_reg2?

  19. Admin, Ken Payton said,

    on January 15th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Hi, Anders. Distribution plans are moving forward but in their infancy. DRM and associated Regional Playback Control protocols will be addressed down the line.

  20. Ivan Dias said,

    on January 30th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Can we have it in Douro Film Harvest in December? Please mail me.

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