Are you curious why 95% of New Zealand’s wineries are certified sustainable? We asked a selection of sustainable, organic and biodynamic winegrowers to share their personal inspirations. This short video is the beginning of our work creating a documentary film about the impact of sustainable practices in the world’s best winemaking regions.
Stay tuned for additional stories and photos from those interviewed. Here’s a few of my favorite quotes that we didn’t have space for in the shorter teaser video.
“It’s about intuition, imagination, and inspiration…” – James Milton
“Sustainability to me means approaching everything on a long term basis, looking into the future… the agriculture side, the winemaking side, the family side, the economic side” – Clive Patton, Ata Rangi
The bush block is very important, I know this because I can be overseas, in some of my favorite cities, and every day I’m thinking about the bush block, how many days will it be before I’m able to get back to the bush block, to be able to look after my trees and connect with the land……I need to be back in my own space looking after the things that might take 200 years to grow, … just to have this place that grounds you, keeps me sane. – Clive Patton, Ata Rangi
I”m thrilled to share the news that ‘Our Story’ video about the history, people and terroir of Washington State wine just won a Telly Award! In the industries premier award for film and video productions “Our Story” was recognized from a field of nearly 12,000 entries from across the globe & awarded the Silver Telly – an honor that less than 10 percent of entries receive – in the Non-Broadcast Productions Travel/Tourism category. Special thanks to Steve Warner & Chris Stone of Washington State Wine, and the creative talents of Dane Henry, Robert Holmes, & Tim Shisler, an amazing team to work with to tell the story of #WaWine!
Here’s the consumer version of “Our Story”:
Here’s a few behind the scenes photos from our video campaign for the Washington State Wine commission. We’ve reunited the same team as the Noble Spirit documentary film: Tim Shisler/ Wit House Productions & myself as producers, Dane Henry/ Deep Roots Media as director / DP, and Bob Holmes as 2nd camera. We’ve also added Sean Haverstock to operate the RC Helicopter and 30 foot jib, and Bryan Liscinsky as 1st AC/ Timelapse.
We’ve enjoyed brainstorming concepts to showcase the dramatic, natural beauty, welcoming spirit, and exceptional wine quality of the Washington wine industry. Special thanks for the Washington State Wine Commission – Stever Warner; executive director, Chris Stone; vice president of marketing & communications, Rob Anderson; marketing director, and Sean Sullivan, consultant – we’ve had a great time working with you and look forward to the next shoots this summer and fall.
Bhutan – the The Last Shangri La, the land of the Thunder Dragon, and a culture that celebrates ‘Gross National Happiness’ over GNP. It’s an idyllic Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between the world superpowers of China and India. The government strictly controls tourism and is one of the last Himalayan kingdoms to resist rampant modernization. Until 1974 there was no currency, all transactions were completed in trade. There’s few places in the world remaining where a visitor can glimpse such a strong cultural heritage still thriving.