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Many of us have a few bottles at home, have indulged in supermarket special offers and read the recommendations of the ‘experts’ in newspapers. But what goes into the production of a bottle of wine, and how does one company, or even country, stay ahead in an industry where reputations can be gained and lost in the space of a season?
This three-part series gives insight into the fiercely competitive, seductive and often just bizarre world of commercial wine making. Wine follows the stories of Chateau Margaux – one of the finest wine producers in Bordeaux with their bottles achieving a price tag to match and the fortunes of their 2008 vintage; South Africa – a country whose wine industry still faces an identity crisis and meets three individuals who are trying to use wine to define the vision of their country; and the Berry Brothers – vintner to the Queen, is a company with an established history but inescapably modern in organisation and has completely transformed the world of fine wine.... Read more.