Living Wine

Living Wine follows the journeys of natural winemakers in Northern California, during the largest wildfire season on record.

Runtime: 85 mins
Released: 2022

Film Synopsis:
The natural wine movement in the U.S. is about 25 years behind the organic food movement, and Living Wine follows innovative natural winemakers in Northern California who stay true to their disparate and unique artistic and ecological visions, while managing to save their businesses during the worst wildfire season on record.

The film follows the journeys of natural winemakers in Northern California during the largest wildfire season on record. Equal parts farmer, winemaker and artist, they stay true to their ideals of creating exceptional wines made through innovative sustainable and regenerative farming and without chemical additives. Eschewing the industrial agricultural practices of the corporate wine industry – our winemakers are healing the very environment they are surviving, i.e., a changing climate marked by rising temperatures, shorter growing seasons, and more frequent and virulent wildfires.

A wine novice, Lori Miller was inspired to make this film when she tasted natural wine for the first time and discovered the fun and adventurous taste. Something that tasted much more akin to the environment in which it was grown, a style of wine making that will cause variety from bottle to bottle. Soon after, when introduced to Darek Trowbridge, she learned how these innovative natural winemakers are taking a different approach to the art and science of winemaking.

Produced and Directed by Lori Miller

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Featuring winemakers:
Megan Bell of Margins Wine,
Gideon Beinstock & Saron Rice of Clos Saron
Darek Trowbridge of Old World Winery

as well as experts,
Elizabeth Candelario (Mad Agriculture)
Dr. Timothy LaSalle (Center for Regenerative Agriculture)


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