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Vintage

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VINTAGE is a feature documentary film which focuses on how wine is produced during the annual vintage period through the   eyes of a naïve cellarhand who travels from the USA to Australia as a flying winemaker to complete a vintage. The film gathers   the perspectives of other winery and vineyard crew members from one winery in South Australia’s internationally acclaimed   Barossa Valley. The scene is set at Seppeltsfield, an iconic wine estate and hallowed name in Australian wine, which features the   oldest and largest working gravity flow winery in the country.

Not only does VINTAGE document life as a cellarhand during vintage, it also offers candid glimpses into an industry that many  people perceive to be filled with snobbery and elitism, when reality couldn’t be further from the truth. With everyone’s hands  permanently stained purple by the end of vintage, the camaraderie and shared passion is palpable as exhausted workers gather  together every day for 8-12 weeks to undertake the physically demanding work. The film follows the process and emphasises that  the work continues non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until every grape is crushed and transformed into wine. The effect of   the gruelling schedule sees tempers fray and nerves tested, however a genuine sense of community prevails to see them through   the tough times together. Gradually viewers will get to appreciate exactly what it takes to convert raw grapes into glorious   bottles of red that grace the finest dining tables.


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