Le vin se lève
Impact | Documentaries
Fine wines have long been associated with France, but there are select few French winemakers who’ve embraced modern sustainable practices (though the numbers are growing daily). Bruno Sauvard’s intoxicating and joyous celebration of cutting-edge viticulture—which is actually a return to traditional, pre-industrial winemaking ways—spends a year in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France with a rebellious and committed new wave (for those in the know the list includes Loïc Roure from Domaine du Possible, Jean-François Nicq from Les Foulards Rouges and Laurence Manya Krief, known affectionately as "Yoyo," from Domaine Yoyo, among others) as they reinvent farming practices and guide a global movement toward increased ecological responsibility—without any compromise in quality. By redefining the very nature of terroir, these pioneers have lent a whole new character to their wines and, slowly but surely, begun to change attitudes in the notoriously conservative French wine industry: more and more Parisian restaurants are featuring exclusively bio (organic) wines, and Paris’ annual Foire aux vins (Wine Fair) now includes dozens of domaines and chateaux dedicated solely to organic wine production. So raise a glass to the revolution!
"Natural wine is to wine today what rock was to music in the 60s and 70s. It’s a wild, radically enthusiastic approach to agriculture and winemaking. And you can’t help but fall in love with these winemakers and the wine they make; they fill you up with hope and happiness."—Nicolas Manuel, producer of Wine Calling