Directors: Akin Omotoso

  • COUNTRY : South Africa


The Colour of Wine tells the story of South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy through the journey of four black winemakers. Woven through their stories is a cast of colourful characters: winemakers and producers, historians, politicians and converted and still-to-be converted drinkers and tasters, all of whom offer insights into an extraordinary time, casting new light on the birth of democracy in South Africa and the challenges of change.The film also chronicles the history of wine in the country, which begins with the first white settlers in 1659. But there are two very different views of that history & the first tells of a patchwork of exquisite wine farms and pristine vineyards stretching across the southern slopes of Table Mountain, while the other is the narrative of an industry built on the backs of slaves, restricted and constrained by apartheid regulation, and dominated by a wealthy white minority. The film explores how much has changed in the industry since the dawn of democracy and whether these two narratives can ever be resolved into a single harmonious story. Shot in the vineyards and wine cellars of Stellenbosch, Soweto and New York, the film is also a celebration of wine itself.

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