Project Description

Chateau Chunder: A Wine Revolution

1 x 57 minute documentary

It’s the 1970s and Australian wine is a joke – not for drinking, as Monty Python put it, but for ‘laying down and avoiding’.  The idea that a wine made ‘Down Under’ could ever challenge the august products of Burgundy or Tuscany has wine buffs and snobby sommeliers sniggering into their tasting spoons. But little more than 40 years later, Australian winemaking is leading the world. London merchants sell more wine from Australia than any other country, while the chastened French wine industry reluctantly take note of how modern winemaking – and wine marketing – is really done.

Chateau Chunder is both a social history of wine and wine drinking and an in-depth examination of how a small group of enterprising Australian wine makers took on the world…and won, changing the way that wine is made and marketed.

With humour and insight, this documentary features winemakers, marketers, merchants, critics and drinkers including Bruce Tyrrell (Tyrell’s Wines), Robert Hill Smith (Yalumba), James Halliday and Max Allen (Australian wine critics), Oz Clarke and Jancis Robinson (UK wine critics), and Sir Les Patterson (Cultural Attaché to Australia, a comic creation of Barry Humphries).

Nominated for Best Editing in a Documentary, AACTA Awards 2013
Selected for Food & Wine Screening at Napa Valley Film Festival 2012
Selected for Premiere Screening at Cinefest Oz Film Festival  2012

Director and Writer   Stephen Oliver
Director of Photography  Ian Batt
Editor  Lawrie Silvestrin
Executive Producers for Electric Pictures  Andrew Ogilvie & Andrea Quesnelle
Executive Producer for Brook Lapping  Phil Craig
An Electric Pictures and Brook Lapping Co-Production 2012