Œnovidéo awards documentary on Spanish natural wine

Monday July 16 2018 by Vitisphere

Announced on July 1, the awards will be presented on October 17 at the Senate in Paris.Announced on July 1, the awards will be presented on October 17 at the Senate in Paris. - Photo credit : DR

Combining cinema and wine, the twenty-fifth Œnovideo festival has just awarded its top prize to the Spanish film Fermentación Espontánea, directed in 2016 by Clara Isamat. Both a photographer and sommelier, the director travelled all over Spain asking eleven wineries about their approach to natural wines, including winemaking using no inputs and spontaneous fermentations – hence the title of the film. The recipient of the Best Documentary Award at the 2016 Most Festival, the film complements the book Raíces del vino natural (The Roots of Natural Wine), published by Clara Isamat in 2016 which recounts the experience of 27 bodegas with natural wines.

15 awards

Held at the end of June in Épernay, the Œnovidéo festival featured an official selection of 38 films (out of the 128 films presented). Chaired by the writer Noël Balen - author of the novels ‘Le sang de la vigne’ - the panel announced 15 awards with particular emphasis placed on alternative viticulture.

The prize for the best short film was awarded to Nono de Dédé. Produced in 2017 by Violaine Labrusse and Gilbert Loreaux, the film follows the harvest of Dédé, a winegrower who still grows the outlawed Noah grape variety called Nono in the Bresse region of Burgundy. The award for the best feature film went to Vino y cambio climatico en Chile, directed by Gonzalo Argandona. The film follows the trials and findings of a team of Chilean researchers who are working to adapt winemaking practices to climate change.

 

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