arte, 12.45 p.m.
Like a spine with vineyards nestling to the left and right, the Rhône runs through one of France's oldest and largest wine-growing regions. From Lyon to Provence, 250 kilometres of Rhône wines thrive in interplay with the whims of the river and with flavours as rich in contrast as its landscapes.
3sat, 2.00 p.m.
Switzerland is a country of lakes. Whether Lake Lucerne or Lake Sils: the lakes are habitats for people, plants and animals. The film introduces people who live on their shores. Quinten is not far from the Seerenbach Falls. It almost seems as if the village with its almost 60 inhabitants is hiding from the rest of Switzerland. Quinten cannot be reached by car, only on foot or across the lake. The former tunnel builder Hampi Cadonau has created a little paradise for himself with his vineyard above Quinten.
3sat, 4.05 p.m.
In San Daniele, not far from the castles of Villalta and Ragogna, the filmmakers visit a traditional prosciutto manufactory and in the gentle hill country near Gorizia, the Collio, the vineyard of the Perusini family.
Bavarian Television, 19.30
Carolin Meyer is not only a winemaker and viticultural technician, but also Franconian Wine Queen and a member of the voluntary fire brigade in Castell. She took over her parents' farm in Greuth-Castell in February 2021. The Meyers' farm is not a classic winery, but a mixed farm. In addition to three hectares of wine, they grow sugar beet, wheat, cereals and sunflowers on 30 hectares. They also have orchards. From the orchard fruit, they produce noble fruit brandies - the Meyers' second mainstay. Carolin's father is the master distiller on the farm. Carolin knew even as a child that she wanted to take over the farm one day: "Sure, I was an only child. If I don't do it, who will?"
hr television, 4.30 p.m.
Nina Thomas takes a trip to the other side of the Rhine - to the "ebsch Seit", as it used to be called. That is long gone, and gourmets on both sides enjoy visiting each other. Rheinhessen has excellent wines and many creative chefs. On a trip through the rolling hills of the vineyards, Nina Thomas visits a vintner, looks into the pots in country inns and restaurants, climbs into an old, winding wine cellar and experiences a vintner's vespers with Weck, Worscht and Woi on the Red Slope.
WDR Television, 5.30 p.m.
For top chef Björn Freitag it's off to one of the oldest towns in the Tyrol region: Brixen or Bressanone - as they say in Italian. As always, he is on the lookout for that special culinary experience and unusual gourmet producers. Schlutzkrapfen, Ternaler wine soup and South Tyrolean bacon are just a few classics of the region. In his culinary travel report "grenzenlos köstlich" Björn Freitag gets to know the South Tyrolean cuisine, which has an Alpine-Mediterranean flavour. Typical: the delicious South Tyrolean apples, chestnuts and white wine. The Eisack Valley is the northernmost Italian white wine region. Also at home here: the spectacled sheep from the Villnößtal. What is it all about? Björn finds out.
hr television, 9.45 p.m.
Many people enjoy long-distance hiking. A camera team accompanied a group on their hike from Bolzano to Trento. The hiking week followed paths of historical and cultural interest at an altitude of between 1,300 and 1,800 metres. From the provincial capital of Bolzano, the route went to Vetriolo, the highest thermal spa in Europe at 1,481 metres. The route led past the former ore mines in Kohlern, the place of pilgrimage Maria Weissenstein, through the geologically unique gorge of the Bletterbach, the Trudner National Park with the Salumer Forest, and via the Salurnerklause into the Cembratal, which is known as a wine region with the speciality Müller-Thurgau. In addition, the culinary evenings made the tour a varied experience.
ZDFinfo, 4.15 a.m.
Germans love wine. Especially when it is cheap. Almost half of all wine is now sold in discounters. Wine production and sales are a global business. With downsides for the environment and workers. The most popular imported wine from overseas is wine from South Africa. Good and cheap - that is the image. But the strong pressure on prices creates untenable conditions on South African wineries. Wine from the Bordeaux region is also appreciated in Germany. Germany imports around 15 million litres per year. However, many French winegrowers achieve the quality they are used to with pesticides, which can also be detected in the wine. The documentary by Anna Fein, Erik Hane and Stefan Hanf explores the consequences of the globalisation of the wine market for people and nature. The authors are on the trail of the darker sides of wine. They research the working conditions at South African wineries. They talk to scientists about the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and fining agents in viticulture. They visit an organic winegrower in the Bordeaux region who tries to produce high-quality wines in a natural way.
Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.
Because of a misunderstanding, David Legedy believes Paul is the father of his grandson. He breaks off all contact with the Sticklers. Thomas goes to Hungary to clarify the situation. Claudia is not thrilled when Thomas suggests to Johanna after the divorce that she stay in Rust until her professional situation settles down again. David Legedy believes that Paul is the father of his grandson Karoly and breaks off all contact with the Sticklers. Thomas goes to Hungary to clarify the situation. Eventually he even manages to reconcile father and daughter. And Paul will take care of the Hungarian vines in the future. Meanwhile, Jakob Ressler and Thomas uncover the ominous machinations of Mayor Plattner and his partner Ferdinand Eibecker. Of course, Georg Plattner, who is recovering in the rehab clinic, denies everything. When he learns that Thomas is helping at his winery, he plans his imminent comeback.
ZDF, 3.45 p.m.
Idyllic vineyards, picturesque hiking trails: until the flood disaster in 2021, the Ahr valley was considered a dream destination for spa and wine tourists. Suddenly, all that was over - today, the destruction in the Ahr Valley is seen as a symbol of extreme weather events, such as those that may also accumulate in Germany as a result of climate change.
Bavarian Television, 5.15 p.m.
Bathed in sunshine, Adnan cycles up the path to Ilonka Scheuring's vineyard. At the top, he is rewarded with a beautiful view over the Main and down into the valley towards Margetshöchheim, the home of Ilonka and her wine. Barbecuing with wine - is that possible? Whether red or white, wine can also be hot. Ivana is immediately enthusiastic. The drop you like to drink is also suitable for grilling. That is Ivana's first tip. So there is no such thing as a special "cooking wine". Lamb chops with red wine chilli sauce, grilled vegetables marinated in wine, chicken poached in white wine lemon and, to finish, grilled wine apples with orange mascarpone cream. And there is also an exotic surprise according to the motto: simple, but very, very good!
hr television, 7.00 p.m.
Theresa is barely an adult when her father, the renowned Rheingau vintner Georg Breuer, dies unexpectedly. Theresa decides to save the family's vineyard, despite being a non-professional. She moves back to Rüdesheim, studies viticulture, takes over the business and is successful: she sells her wines in 25 countries and is named "Winemaker of the Year". But now her father's legacy is once again in danger: climate change threatens the very best sites of her winery.
3sat, 7.40 pm
The Wachau, first of all, is an approximately 30-kilometre-long Danube breakthrough between Melk and Krems in Lower Austria. The river forms a narrow rocky valley there. The Benedictine abbey on the Göttweiger Berg marks its end. Wine has been grown there since Celtic times. The vines grow on terraces that were cut into the primary rock in sweaty toil.
ORF 2, 9.55 a.m.
After the harvest failure, Thomas Stickler urgently needs to buy more grapes. This proves to be no easy task. Edina Legedy has found a job and accommodation at the Stickler inn. She is waiting for Markus Eibecker, the father of her child. But Markus' father, the doctor from Rust, demands a paternity test. Mayor Georg Plattner wants to use the money from the community Rust to buy Bergham Castle and build a profitable wellness centre. What no one is allowed to know is that he and Dr. Eibecker are the shareholders of the future operating company and intend to earn big in the process. A world comes crashing down for Georg when his wife Andrea confronts him with the divorce.
Sparkling wine is a very popular drink in Britain, especially champagne. Excellent wines are now also being produced across the Channel. Less than half a century ago, there was only one commercial wine-growing region in the whole country; today there are 800 farms. This development is the result of a warming climate that affects everyone: as much as the rise in temperature is hurting the vines in the French region of Champagne-Ardenne, it is making it easier to grow grapes in England. In this race, wine critics like John Mobbs have the opportunity for direct comparison. The operator of the blog Great British Wine wants to become the first critic for English wine. His ultimate goal: He wants to bring the quality of British wineries closer to all those who do not yet know them. He is sure of his cause: "We are writing a new chapter in the history of wine."
ORF 2 9.55 a.m.
Mayor Georg Plattner is in a coma after his heart attack. The doctors cannot tell his wife Andrea if and when he will recover. In her distress, she asks her brother Thomas Stickler for help in running the Plattner estate. Thomas is close to being overworked. He has to fight on several fronts at once. From Edina, Thomas receives, under the seal of secrecy, the address of a Hungarian winegrower who could supply the urgently needed quantity of grapes. Claudia Plattner tries to fight her jealousy of Thomas's still-wife and concentrates on her professional advancement.
hr television, 9.00 p.m.
Theresa is barely an adult when her father, the renowned Rheingau vintner Georg Breuer, dies unexpectedly. Theresa decides to save the family's vineyard, despite being a non-professional. She moves back to Rüdesheim, studies viticulture, takes over the business and is successful: she sells her wines in 25 countries and is named "Winemaker of the Year". But now her father's legacy is once again in danger: climate change is threatening the very best sites of her winery.
ORF 2, 9.55 a.m.
In addition to their own business, Thomas and Paul have to take care of the vineyards of Georg, who will not be able to work for some time after his heart attack. Nevertheless, Thomas wants to enter into a wine cooperation with the Hungarian hotel owner Legedy. To do this, David Legedy must first reconcile with his daughter Edina. Thomas invites him to Rust, unaware of what he is causing. Anna fails her school-leaving examination in one subject. But she is not dissuaded from going on a trip to Australia. In the meantime, Jakob Ressler has taken over the office of mayor. With the help of Thomas Stickler, he finds inconsistencies in the purchase contract for Bergham Castle.
3sat, 9.30 a.m.
At 36 kilometres, the Wachau is only a short section of the 2,800-kilometre-long Danube - and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The documentary shows the charms of this Austrian cultural and natural landscape in the changing seasons. The winding Danube valley, the floodplain forests, rock formations and the vineyard terraces are UNESCO natural monuments. The Wachau is also known for its idyllic villages, its monasteries and castles. The Wachau has been wine country since Roman times - today the "Land am Strome" with its white wines can compete with any wine-growing region in the world.
WDR Television, 11.30 a.m. and 5.20 p.m.
Surrounded by mountains, valleys and lakes, situated between the Dolomites and Lake Garda: Top chef Björn Freitag and "Wunderschön" travel expert Tamina Kallert explore the capital of the Trentino region in the second stage of the culinary travel magazine "Grenzenlos köstlich" in northern Italy: Trento. The city is a melting pot of Italian, German and Austrian culture and not only has one of the most beautiful cathedral squares in Italy, but also has a lot to offer in terms of cuisine: Björn and Tamina, for example, get to know the "Strangolapetri", a special Trentino version of spinach dumplings that, according to the locals, put any pasta to shame. Björn and Tamina take a tour of an underground cellar at a winery where millions of bottles of sparkling wine are stored. A Trentino classic is served at an organic farm: Polenta is one of the foundations of regional cuisine and tastes different in almost every valley. Whether cheese (Trentingrana) or smoked sausage (Mortandela della Val di Non) - Trentino specialities taste intense, varied and genuine.
ORF 2, 9.55 a.m.
Thomas and Jakob Ressler find out that mayor Georg Plattner wanted to personally enrich himself in the wellness project around Bergham Castle. Thomas then advises castle owner Andreas Koblenz not to sell his property to the municipality Rust. Georg learns this at the rehabilitation clinic. When he also learns that Paul and Thomas are helping out at his winery, he plans his comeback. Privately, Thomas comes under increasing pressure, because after their divorce Thomas offers Johanna to stay on at the Stickler inn. Claudia reacts jealously.
Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.
Georg is released early from the rehab clinic and resumes work at the winery. Gritting her teeth, Andrea has to care for her weakened husband. After the wellness project falls through, Thomas wants to put Schloss Bergham to good use. He hopes to have found a partner for this in Andreas Koblenz. When he presents him with his concept for a European centre, Koblenz is enthusiastic. While the Stickler family is celebrating Johanna's farewell to Rust, Thomas learns shocking news: Georg Plattner has surprisingly presented Thomas' concept for Schloss Bergham to the community.
arte, 1.30 p.m.
The Loire is a mighty and wild river that lends its name not only to an entire region but also to famous wines. Without the people there would be no vines, but without the river there would be no fertile soil. The gentle Loire Valley has many different grape varieties. This is not only due to the climate, but also to the enthusiasm that crowned heads of France and England have shown for the region.
SWR Television, 8.15 p.m.
What do the presenters Günther Jauch, Thomas Gottschalk or the pop stars Kylie Minogue and Thomas Anders have in common? They use their celebrity to advertise with their names on wine bottles. But do their names also guarantee quality? Or are the wines sold with a celebrity price premium? Why do the famous faces advertise wine of all things? How much money is there in the wine business and how much flavour in the wine bottles?
SWR Television, 23.45
In the middle of the 19th century, Eberhard Anheuser from Kreuznach and Adolphus Busch from Mainz-Kastel emigrate to the USA. The two brew beer together using the Pilsener method, which they have cribbed from a brewery in Budvar, Bohemia. They call it "Budweiser". From the Southwest they bring German beer culture to the USA and, despite the Civil War, Prohibition and other obstacles, become rich and respected citizens. The breweries of Frederick Miller from Riedlingen and David Gottlob Juengling from Aldingen also become large and famous. The beer pioneers become wealthy citizens in the USA. But in 1920, Prohibition bans beer brewing in the USA. Many breweries have to close down. It is not until 1933, after the end of Prohibition, that things start to look up again.
arte, 12.45 p.m.
The traditional Georgian banquets, at which the men toast with wine, were a favourite motif of the painter Niko Pirosmani. Today, the self-taught artist is one of the most important artists in Georgia. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, he led a nomadic life. He was paid in food for his paintings, which were hung in taverns in the capital Tbilisi. His work bridges the gap between rural traditions and the modernity the country experienced under Russian dominance.
3sat, 2.05 p.m.
The gold of today in New Zealand is wine, as winemaker Nick Mills tells us. Pinot Noir is the best-known grape variety of the southernmost of all wine regions, which has gained international recognition. Just as ships full of hopeful gold miners used to come to New Zealand, today they set off in the opposite direction, laden with wine.
The ancient city of Pompeii became world-famous through its sinking. It was also the starting point for a little-known story: a story of the reconstruction of the destroyed region and the crisis management of the emperors, of economic recovery and criminal enrichment, as well as a story of extreme modernity from which we could still learn today for dealing with natural disasters. What problems did people have to deal with back then, how were they solved? And what can we learn today from the way we dealt with the disaster 2,000 years ago? The crisis management, the first relief measures of the Roman administration as well as the subsequent "support programmes" seem impressively modern in their sober sense of reality - even though the entire reconstruction process took decades. And it was the excellent wine from volcanic soil that brought new prosperity to the region.
Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.
Since Georg Plattner has been back in office, he has tried to harm Thomas Stickler wherever he can. Andrea then files for divorce. Thomas is still in trouble with Andreas Koblenz, who tries to get closer to Claudia. Hermine and Gottfried decide to buy a house near Rust. During the viewing, Hermine suffers a fainting spell and has to go to hospital. After she is discharged, Gottfried decides: in order to spend more time with his Hermi, he wants to retire and finally hands over his business to Claudia.
arte, 3.25 p.m.
The south of Emilia-Romagna is characterised by medieval fortresses, chalk cliffs and vineyards. Not only the traditional Lambrusco is made from the grapes, but also the balsamic vinegar from Modena.
The Marche is considered the last undiscovered region of the Italian peninsula. Yet the central Italian region offers idyllic mountain villages, lovely hilly landscapes, rugged mountains and an original way of life. Young locals in particular are committed to preserving the traditions. With a start-up, Danila Versini is trying to revive the old art of paper craftsmanship in the town of Fabriano. The Cardinali siblings produce wine from sour cherries and a cooperative promotes the cultivation of a regional speciality: the chickling pea.
arte, 9.00 a.m.
Europe's forests are burning, the harvest is withering. After years of extreme drought and hot summers, the soil in many regions of Europe has dried out to a depth of several metres. Even the groundwater reservoirs are emptying dramatically. Until now, this was only known from desert regions. Scientists confirm: There is drought in Europe. With drastic consequences for agriculture, forests and our lives. Using examples from Germany, France, Spain and Romania, the documentary explores the extent to which this catastrophe is self-inflicted beyond climate change. It shows how a forestry policy that has been misguided for decades and the consequences of intensive agriculture promote drought. But there is hope: the documentary presents EU measures, scientific projects and private initiatives to mitigate the drought: Keyword "European Green Deal" for biodiversity as well as the expansion of sustainable management of our fields and forests.
arte, 2.55 a.m.
This 20-part documentary series on ancient Greece embarks on an exciting search for the founding myths of our civilisation. With original animations and art-historical depictions, the individual contributions tell of the Greek myths as they have been handed down in the oldest written records. A visual adventure around the fates of gods, heroes and other important figures of mythology. Dionysus is raised by nymphs. He already knows that he has a long and arduous path ahead of him until the gods acknowledge him. He becomes a wandering god, a vagabond. One morning, Dionysus makes a discovery that will change the lives of mortals: The young god finds grapes, and the idea matures in his mind to grow vines and press wine from the grapes. He decides to travel the world and pass on the knowledge of how to make wine to the people. With a noisy, outlandish entourage of maenads and satyrs, he also travels to Thrace and India after his journey through Syria and Egypt. As an outsider, however, he often meets with rejection. Even in his native city of Thebes, he has difficulty making his voice heard. King Pentheus, who reigns there, takes offence at the demigod's pride and has to atone for it. It will take a long time before his tolerance and openness, his love of poetry and theatre as well as his joy in dressing up and partying will prevail and the cult of Dionysus will emerge.