Chateau Chunder

A wine tale that opens up the sluices

A new documentary tells the compelling story of how Wine Australia captured its enviably large slice of the global marketplace.

Written and directed by Stephen Oliver, the doco revisits a story told by Phil Reedman in his first guest blog post on Vino Vitis: “Export – it ain’t easy.”

In both instances, the chronicle charts the “overnight success” of the Australian wine industry – an achievement that, as Phil noted, actually took about ten years of incredibly hard work by a cast of very colourful characters (inveterate scene-stealers, the lot).

After reading Huon Hooke’s review of what sounds like a highly entertaining 60 minutes of strolling through Ozzie wine history, I immediately ordered my own DVD of Chateau Chunder from the EP Independent store. Can’t wait to have a mini-screening with friends – perhaps we’ll pull the cork on that special bottle of “Chateau Rod Laver.”

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  1. Phil Reedman
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Ruby, you’ll love it! An important documentary. OK, there are some grim ‘re-inactments’ of Len Evans’ tastings in London but that aside they’ve captured the key points.

  2. Posted November 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Phil, I look forward to screening Chateau Chunder for friends. I wonder if a similar exploration into the early days of the Kiwi wine export story would be anywhere near as interesting/entertaining?