The film includes historic footage and interviews with the wine industry legends of the Russian River Valley AVA. More than a documentary, this inspiring, and dramatic historical narrative begins with the Italian Himmigration during the 1860’s, and their acquisition of vineyards and wineries. When the wine business is devastated by prohibition, some of these families abandon grapes and wine; others continue selling grapes as bootlegging flourishes. Repeal of prohibition is followed by the Great Depression as the growers and winemakers continue to struggle through an era where large wineries emerge and compete ferociously to control what becomes known as the “Bulk Wine Business”. During this period, small, independent winemakers move into Sonoma County and a partnership between an evicted winemaker, a young farmer with a hop-growing background, and a businessman from the South Bay leads to a winemaking revolution as The Russian River Valley emerges as the source of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the world.
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