With The Clash on the soundtrack, the central metaphor in this doc is rock: organic winemakers and their back-to-the-earth methods, prioritizing sustainability, as rebels against the wine establishment.
For the French, winemaking is an obsessive and unpredictable love affair. After harvesting fresh grapes from the vine, squeezing the juice by foot or machine, then fermenting it in vats, each irreplicable bottle tells a unique story. Fueled by a punk-rock soundtrack, Wine Calling takes us through the terroirs of southern France near the border of the Iberian peninsula, where a countercultural wine movement is underway. As viticulturist of Domaine des Foulards Rouges, Jean-Francois Nicq's methods have influenced his fellow front-runners in the natural-vinification movement, keen to the damaging environmental and health effects of chemicals in vineyards and sulfites in wine bottles. Instead of mechanically administered insecticide dispersal, they observe their vines and opt for controlled doses of natural volcanic sulfur to ward off fruit flies. Michael Georget of Le Temps Retrouve uses a horse rather than tractors to navigate his terroir, advocating for the animal's adaptability and friendly presence. Feeding off one another's creative energy and the teachings of expert oenologists such as Max Leglise, Jules Chauvet, and Jacques Neauport, together they lead a new generation of winemakers, whose confidence is distilled in the relentless pursuit of wine quality rather than official appellations.
In his younger days a rugby player and cameraman for the French Army, Bruno Sauvard now lives in the south of France. His film work includes commercials, music videos, documentaries, and narrative films. Also a wine enthusiast, he has remarked that for Wine Calling, he wanted his approach to be as innovative as his subjects': "It was from the beginning an obsession for me to break the codes of [documentaries], specifically the ones about wine, too often shot in a very academic way... My film is about rebellious winemakers, its form had to be in tune with them."
Sponsored by Diageo Americas, Inc., Erika Tedin & Doug Ing, Princi
- Original Language Title: Le vin se leve
- Director: Bruno Sauvard
- Principal Cast: Laurence Manya Krief, Olivier Cros, Sylvain Respaut, Stephane Morin
- Premiere Status: US Premiere
- Country: France
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 95 minutes
- Producer: Nicolas Manuel
- Cinematographers: Gael Astruc
- Editors: Emilie Orsini
- Music: Christophe "Zeb" Vialle Moudat
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- US Distributor: The Orchard
- International Sales: WTFilms