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Wednesday, 1 March

arte, 5.55 a.m.

Next to, against, with each other: German-French stories
Of bread, beer and wine

The journey through time leads from historical conflicts and occupation during the Cold War to the founding of the Franco-German Brigade, from the typical eating and drinking culture of the country around bread, beer and wine to common challenges in environmental issues. The food culture of a country is not only the Spiegel of its society: it also shapes the landscape, gives it its colours and structures over seasons and centuries. What are the historical causes of different diets in Germany and France? As they fly over the two countries, the filmmakers explore whether there is a specifically German and a specifically French landscape. Is Germany really the land of rye and beer and France the land of wheat and wine?

Wednesday, 1 March

3sat, 11.05 a.m.

Dream Islands: Cycling on Corsica

The former professional racing cyclist Dominique Bozzi, the only Corsican ever to have ridden in the "Tour de France", is considered a living legend on the island. With him, we cycle along a serpentine road around the Cape of Corsica, past artist's towns such as Erbalunga with its dreamy alleys to Patrimonio, a wine-growing village with a long tradition.

Wednesday, 1 March

3sat, 1.15 pm

Steaming trains, steaming kitchens in Tuscany

With restored wagons from the 1920s and a reactivated 100-year-old steam locomotive, the "Treno Natura" takes you through the most beautiful landscapes of southern Tuscany. In between, regional delicacies can be tasted. The old railway line runs from Siena through the Val d'Orcia to Montalcino and invites you to discover flowering fields and magnificent country estates from the train. The "Treno Natura" has been snorting past rivers, forests, vineyards, olive groves and medieval villages for more than 25 years.

Thursday, 2 March

3sat, 5.45 pm

Mare Nostrum - Who owns the Mediterranean?
For a better future

On the journey to the Bekaa Plain, which is partly controlled by the Hezbollah militia, the ZDF team comes across a small miracle: to this day, wine is cultivated throughout the valley. Elie Rashed is training to be a vintner there. "Wine is the light for Lebanon, and in every crisis," he beams, controlling the ripening process of the young wines. Hopeful voices and images from a country shaken by civil war.

Friday, 3 March

3sat, 14.15

on the road - Croatia
Wine, Winnetou and sea bays

Croatia has experienced a real boom in recent years: secluded bays, vineyards, large forests, lakes and culturally and historically valuable buildings are responsible for this. Wine routes, tradition and old craftsmanship as well as a rich gastronomic offer characterise Croatia from Zagreb to the coast of Istria.

Friday, 3 March

SWR Television, 8.15 p.m.

Expedition to the homeland
Hikers' Huts in the Palatinate Forest

The hikers' cabins in the Palatinate Forest are an intangible Unesco cultural heritage site. SWR presenter Anna Lena Dörr hikes to the most popular huts. Why are they so popular? Is it the good food, the wine, the great location, the cosiness or the friendliness of the operators that make these unique places to stop in the Palatinate Forest? Hiking and stopping off in the Palatinate Forest. Not only the way, but also the hut is the destination.

Saturday, 4 March

DMAX, 11.15 a.m.

The pawnshop gamblers

A bottle of Dom Pérignon from 1966: The famous champagne brand from Moët & Chandon was named after a French monk from the Benedictine order who revolutionised the production of sparkling wines towards the end of the 16th century. The owner charges 200 dollars for the most delicious of all drinks. But she has to fight hard for these proceeds at the obligatory question-and-answer game.

Saturday, 4 March

rbb television, 2.40 p.m.

50 Reasons to Love South Tyrol

In St. Magdalena there is a meeting with the new bacon queen at the South Tyrolean bacon festival. A visit to the bread market in Brixen shows how the crisp Schüttelbrot is still handmade today. From a culinary point of view, the region has a lot to offer anyway: Grey cheese and bacon dumplings, apple strudel and marble cubes are just a few specialities. One of the oldest grape varieties, Gewürztraminer, comes from the small village of Tramin.

Saturday, 4 March

3sat, 4.50 pm

Castles and Palaces in Austria - From Southern Styria to Slovenia

In the heart of the southern Styrian wine country is Seggau Castle, which for centuries served as the seat of the Styrian bishops and is now home to an educational and congress centre. The current bishop Wilhelm Krautwaschl still spends the summer months here; the entire complex is a true place of strength for him. In the bishop's wine cellar - one of the oldest in Europe - he tastes the mass wine from the castle's own vineyard every year. If you venture deeper into wine country, you will pass Ottersbach Castle, which is well worth seeing and is already owned by the fifth generation of the Abel family.

Saturday, 4 March

ZDF, 5.35 p.m.

plan b: Well spiced
Ginger, paprika and red gold

Spices give our food that final kick, but they are often adulterated, contaminated or stretched. Yet they have been around for a long time, the good spices. Most spices come from developing countries, where they are often cultivated with large amounts of pesticides and chemical fertilisers. "plan b" shows people who dare to cultivate spices differently - also here in Germany. At the Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture in Bamberg, Carola Nitsch researches the exotic spice plant ginger.

Sunday, 5 March

MDR Television, 9.30 a.m.

Baia and the wine - a true fairy tale from Georgia

Baia Abuladze is a winemaker. At the beginning of September, the Georgian awaits the highlight of the year: the grape harvest. Even as a child, the family vineyard was a magical place for Baia Abuladze. Now she wants to realise her dream here and combine new wine with old traditions as an organic vintner. To do this, she left her permanent job in the capital Tbilisi six years ago and returned to her home village Meore Obcha in the west of Georgia. Courageously and imaginatively, she began to adapt the handicrafts and traditions of the old. She first finds support from her grandfather. She founds her company "Baia's Wine" and relies on the family. Together they produce 7,000 bottles of wine a year. Now they want to produce 10,000 for the first time! Organically grown and vinified in quevris, clay pots embedded in the earth. Women entrepreneurs like Baia are a sign of change in Georgia. A generation that is seizing its chance. They are looking for bridges between the past and the future and trust in the strengths of others. When things get tough for Baia, she does it, like the flea and the ant in her favourite fairy tale. To get her friend from one shore to the other, the flea mobilises the help of all the animals, big and small. This is how they overcome the obstacle. This poetic film from a wonderful world tells the story of whether and how the 27-year-old winemaker succeeds in doing so with the new harvest.

The Georgian organic winemaker Baia Abuladze

MDR / Dunja Engelbrecht

Sunday, 5 March

Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.

The winegrower king
Fatal demands

The family situation with son Paul and Georg Plattner's malice are putting a lot of strain on Thomas. Meanwhile, Johanna, Thomas' wife, arrives from Frankfurt to clarify some details of the divorce. Reconciliation with daughter Anna proves difficult. After a paternity test proves that Thomas is indeed Paul's father, Georg finally files the lawsuit for the reimbursement of alimony - against the will of his wife Andrea. Thomas' wine cellar is in the final stages of construction. His future as a winemaker is thus taking concrete shape. But the family situation continues to trouble him.

Sunday, 5 March

Bavarian Television, 7.15 p.m.

Under our sky
Back then at Lake Constance

On her cinematic journey through time, Sybille Krafft travelled this time to the "Swabian Sea", namely to the Bavarian part of Lake Constance. It stretches over 18 kilometres of shore from Lindau in the east to Nonnenhorn in the west. The "Bavarian Riviera" has changed enormously since the 1950s and 1960s: Damp meadows by the water have become highly sought-after building land, and the exclusive summer resort for private individuals, merchants and artists has become a place of pilgrimage for mass tourism. Sybille Krafft visited fruit farmers and winegrowers, fishermen and cooks, sailors and motorboat drivers, hotel owners, book and art dealers to talk to them about old and new times. The stories are illustrated by true treasures from the BR television archive, such as footage of the first Nobel Prize winners' meetings, of water pleasures in those days or of the Seegfrörne, the frozen Lake Constance event of the century, in 1963.

Sunday, 5 March

hr television, 8.15 p.m.

Riesling in danger - A vintner defies climate change

For Bärbel Weinert, a difficult summer is coming to an end: heat, drought, little water. Climate change: this is the biggest challenge of the coming decades. Can the award-winning Riesling from Geisenheim survive? What measures must be taken now? Bärbel Weinert sings as a front woman in a rock band, she once wanted to be a tornado pilot, loves speed, Sir Henry the sheep and the Rheingau. And she likes wine. She is the first director of the Prince of Hesse's winery, and in general she is one of the few successful women outside of family winegrowing in Germany. Donatus Landgrave of Hesse deliberately chose the young woman as director of his winery in Johannisberg/Geisenheim. The 39-year-old is to make the renowned Riesling winery fit for the future: sustainable, ecological, modern and high-yielding.

Bärbel Weinert looks out over the Rhine


Sunday, 5 March

SWR Television, 9.00 p.m.

Dream Destinations: South Tyrol - Around Lake Kaltern

Nowhere is South Tyrol, Italy's northernmost province, more Mediterranean than around Lake Kaltern. It is one of the warmest bathing lakes in the Alps and surrounded by a large wine-growing area. Wine has made the area prosperous. Italian flair can be felt above all in the provincial capital of Bolzano. While the majority of the South Tyrolean population speaks German, Italian is the predominant language in Bolzano. The SWR documentary introduces two young South Tyrolean women who run a multilingual online magazine, a vintner with an innovative spirit and a restorer who rescues centuries-old tiled stoves. The documentary also takes us to Tramin on the Wine Road, where the Gewürztraminer grape variety gets its name. The town fascinates with the contemporary architecture of its cellar cooperative and with one of the most original carnival parades in the Alpine region.

Sunday, 5 March

WDR Television, 8.15 p.m.

Beautiful! Cyprus on your own

Cyprus is a small universe: picturesque beaches, modern big cities, traditional villages, various possibilities for hiking and cycling and a great passion for good food. But Cyprus is also one of the oldest wine-growing regions in the world. Presenter Andrea Grießmann visits the Mediterranean island and a local winemaker. She explores the divided island in the eastern Mediterranean on her own in a rental car: she drives from Pafos, Europe's "Capital of Culture 2017", through the Troodos Mountains to the divided capital Nicosia. There she crosses the border from the Republic of Cyprus into the Republic of Northern Cyprus - and is immediately in another world. Then it goes to the Turkish-occupied north of the island, to the ruins of Bellapais Abbey and the fortress of St. Hilarion.

Presenter Andrea Grießmann (right) with winemaker and great-grandmother Andreani Makarounas.

WDR/Dirk Heindrichs

Sunday, 5 March

hr television, 9.15 p.m.

Rheingau wine on new paths
From the series "Experience Hessen

The Rheingau and its wine have often been sung about - and filmed almost as often. But despite all the idylls and clichés: time has not stood still in this region either. In the beautiful Rheingau, residents - and especially the winegrowers - have to face new challenges. These include dealing with the clearly noticeable "climate change" as well as the search for modern forms of production and marketing. And of course, the Rheingau and its wine have also become a bit "multicultural" and globalised. The film observes how wine is developing in 2017 and accompanies the protagonists in their work.

Monday, 6 March

Bavarian Television, 3.30 p.m.

Cuttings. Everything from the garden
Wholesome Speierling?

The cultivation and processing of the Speierling is shown at the State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture in Veitshöchheim.

Monday, 6 March

ARD-alpha, 8.15 p.m.

On the Black Sea - The Coast of Georgia

The slightly magnetic sand of Ureki is said to have magical powers. The oldest grape varieties in the world grow in the Javakheti Mountains. And the harbour city of Batumi in the very south of Georgia was already considered a longing destination in the days of the Soviet Union.

Tuesday, 7 March

Bavarian Television, 12.05 p.m.

near and far
Romantic Road

The Romantic Road, from Würzburg in Lower Franconia to Füssen in the Allgäu, is Germany's most popular and oldest holiday route. A route rich in culture and history, it is lined with medieval towns, half-timbered houses, castles, rolling hills and vineyards like bubbles on a string.

Tuesday, 7 March

hr television, 12.05 p.m.

Team Hirschhausen! Simply live better (5)
Your living room in the afternoon | Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen invites you in

Eckart von Hirschhausen visits the reigning wine princess Linda Trarbach in her home in the Ahr valley. What is the situation there one year after the flood disaster?

Wednesday, 8 March

3sat, 11.45 a.m.

With heart at the cooker
Burgundy Goulash

In this episode, Cliff Hämmerle and his apprentice chefs Verena and Michel prepare a classic of French cuisine: Burgundy goulash with fresh vegetables and mashed potatoes. For this dish, star chef Hämmerle prefers to use cast-iron roasters, as they give off a nice even heat. The meat is cut into approximately five-centimetre pieces and marinated in Burgundy wine for at least six hours. Cliff's handy kitchen tip: To check the cooking time, pierce a piece of meat with a knife. If it doesn't fall off the knife, it's not quite done. This time, the "Mit Herz am Herd" team has set up its mobile cooking island on the Vauban Island in Saarlouis.

Wednesday, 8 March

SWR Television, 9.00 p.m.

Farmer wanted

Max Kasper has found an employer in the Metzger winery where he can learn a lot.

Max Kasper at the Metzger Winery (Palatinate)

SWR/Inga Thiede

Thursday, 9 March

arte, 1.30 p.m.

City Land Art: Porto

The banks of the Douro are not only a paradise for English merchants and port wine lovers, they were also the centre of trade in the Portuguese city for a long time Porto.

Thursday, 9 March

ORF III, 5.40 p.m.

Soko Kitzbühel
Red Wine crime series, Austria 2006

At the final of the international "Trophee du Cabernet" in Kitzbühel, in which the Australian Frank Kempen, the owner of a worldwide wine empire, Jacques Bellbleu from Bordeaux and Christoph Hohenfels, a winegrower from the Weinviertel, take part, the winner of the competition, Bellbleu, is attacked by poison. When a second finalist becomes the target of an attack shortly afterwards, the Soko is confronted with a complex case of highly topical conflicts among the advocates of traditional and industrial methods of wine production. It is about the most modern industrial cellar techniques, about the approval of fractionated wines, i.e. wines broken down into their taste components and then artificially reassembled, the "hostile takeover" of threatened wineries all over the world - and, of course, about murder.

Thursday, 9 March

SWR Television, 6.15 p.m.

The recipe seeker in Bechtolsheim

SWR recipe seeker Susanne Nett is invited to cook at the Lutz winery in the Rhine-Hessian wine village of Bechtolsheim. She is looking for a side dish called "Bechtolsheimer Pommes". In the kitchen of the winery, she prepares a herb chicken with Roswitha Lutz and learns how the potato side dish got its name. Senior chef Roswitha Lutz is a passionate cook who cooks daily for the entire winery team and has founded a cooking school on the side. She gets the herbs for the dish from her garden.

Friday, 10 March

Bavarian Television, 3.30 p.m.

Cuttings. Everything from the garden
March wine with clove root

Herb expert Christel Ströbel makes March wine with carnation root.

Friday, 10 March

hr television, 9.00 p.m.

Sunny Freiburg - where Germany is greenest

Film author Monika Birk discovers the Baden way of life in the Black Forest metropolis and beyond. Because right on Freiburg's doorstep is the Kaiserstuhl region with its idyllic winegrowing villages. Monika Birk rides along the Dreiländer cycle path from Achkarren to Burkheim. On a clear day, you can see from the volcanic mountains deep into the Rhine plain, even as far as the Vosges. The Elz Valley, north-east of Freiburg, has a completely different landscape.

Saturday, 11 March

hr television, 4.45 p.m.

Young cuisine on the Bergstrasse
From the series "Hessen à la carte

"Kaltwassers Wohnzimmer" is located in Zwingenberg in the Odenwald and is a nice little restaurant. Marc Kaltwasser and his family also live in the old half-timbered house. From the courtyard you can see into the kitchen - and what is not conjured up there. The philosophy: honest cuisine with natural, unadulterated products. The menu reads like this: the starters are "in front", the main courses are "in the middle", and then comes "behind". Fette Sau kommt flach" (Fat pig comes flat) is a schnitzel of country pork. Kaltwasser gets the meat from the Fleischeslust butcher's shop, which only offers meat from species-appropriate animal husbandry. And, of course, wine from the region's winegrowers will be served.

Saturday, 11 March

hr television, 9.45 p.m.

The Cyclades
Greece's dream islands

Hardly any other group of Greek islands attracts holidaymakers as magically as the Cyclades. The blue-white paradise is one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Author Natascha Rhein has travelled to four different Cyclades islands and presents an "island hopping" tour to follow. Santorini - the world's largest balcony of vanities, the Instagram stronghold par excellence, photographed millions of times. Romantics feel like they're in paradise here and the selfie society patiently queues up for the best hot spots. Wine lovers also get their money's worth here, as the island is Greece's oldest wine-growing region.

Sunday, 12 March

WDR Television, 1.15 p.m.

The Black Forest all year round

Dark and impenetrable? The Black Forest is a diverse landscape in flux. People who face the challenges of the future offer a new view of the region: creative tinkerers, natural scientists, farmers and start-up founders. Through the seasons, the film accompanies them in their everyday lives, opens windows into the history of the Black Forest and looks ahead to the coming years of Germany's largest low mountain range. The Black Forest landscape of forests and pastures, high moors, orchards and vineyards is protected in many places and is changing everywhere. In view of climate change, it is important to make this cultural landscape fit for the future for tourism and silviculture, for economic development and nature conservation alike. A timber farmer explains what sustainability means to him. Young biologists explore how wildlife and increasing tourism can get along, and a mountain rescuer is on duty on the Feldberg. An earthquake researcher tests the world's most sensitive seismometers in a remote Black Forest valley. And in the face of climate change, an organic winegrower relies on new grape varieties - and on truffles.

Sunday, 12 March

Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.

The Vintner King
Matchmaking Family series, Germany/Austria 2006

Mother Hermine invites daughter Andrea and her husband to a family dinner. Blasius Schmalzl and Gottfried Schnell want to set Claudia and Thomas up with each other. To this end, Gottfried and Hermine lure Claudia to Eisenstadt for shopping under false pretences so that she will attract Thomas' attention with her new outfit when they all travel together to the big wine tasting in the capital. But once again things go differently than planned. It's autumn in Rust: school starts for Anna and Thomas' first grape harvest is coming up. Hermine invites Andrea to a family dinner and hopes that Georg will come too. Thomas has the new cellar furnishings delivered. Everything has to be installed under great time pressure before the grape harvest, which is just around the corner. The family dinner, lovingly arranged and cooked by Hermine, takes place without Georg after all. He does not manage to sit down amicably at the same table as Thomas. However, Paul and Thomas quickly find each other in the cellar of the winery - Paul shows his father his wine treasures and opens a century wine to celebrate. Andrea continues to badger her husband, and finally Georg asks Paul to apologise and reconcile before the wine tasting begins. Paul accepts the apology, although it becomes clear that nothing can ever be the same again.

Sunday, 12 March

SWR Television, 5.15 p.m.

Delicious in the country
Culinary treasures from Rheinhessen - game and wine from the vineyard on the Rhine

Four young countrywomen on a culinary journey through Germany - from the Baltic Sea to the Alpine foothills. They visit each other's farms and offer their fellow countrywomen a menu typical of their country. Who cooks the most delicious country menu? 29-year-old Shanna Reis and her family are the fourth generation of winegrowers in Rheinhessen. The young winemaker is also carrying on a family tradition: hunting. Both with great passion. In her 3-course menu, wine meets game. As a starter, she serves "Spundekäslquote" with red wine vintner's bread and homemade game crackers. The main course is saddle of venison with Jerusalem artichoke, and the dessert is red wine cake with Dornfelder wine cream and meringue as well as Stromberger plums in Dornfelder sauce. Shanna surprises her guests with a trip to the Niederwald Monument. From there, the four of them have a magnificent view over the vineyards and the Rhine.

Shanna Reis in her vineyard in Rheinhessen

SWR/WDR/Melanie Grande

Monday, 13 March

3sat, 2.45 p.m.

The Phylloxera Express
A journey from wine - to the Waldviertel

The Reblaus Express winds its way uphill through the vineyards of Retz - it travels leisurely from the Weinviertel to the Waldviertel. An old route, actually long since disused. Vines, fields and forests alternate, a paradise for cyclists. And they like to use the Reblaus Express, which is run by an association. At weekends, the railway experiences a renaissance, just like the Waldviertel narrow-gauge railway, which attracts guests with steam trains.

Monday, 13 March

3sat, 4.15 pm

The Danube
From the Wachau to Hungary

The film leads from the Wachau in Austria to Hungary and introduces people who live there. For example, the Danube landlady who does not want to give up her business despite many floods. And two winemaker brothers in the Wachau explain how the Danube influences the aroma of their wine.

Monday, 13 March

SR Television, 6.50 p.m.

We in Saarland - Borderless extra
Holidays with the Neighbour - In the South-East of Champagne

"Chambres d'hôtes" is the French version of "bed and breakfast": instead of staying in a hotel, you sleep in people's homes. They rent out rooms, make breakfast or dinner. In this special edition, we go to the extreme southeast of Champagne, to the département of Haute-Marne. There are few vineyards here. The rural region, which recently became a national park, offers forests and fields, small villages with old stone houses and a lot of history. Each of the five guesthouses presented has an exciting history: a manor house on the ramparts of the small town of Langres, which was important in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A mill where fabric flowers have been produced since the 19th century. A farmhouse on a pilgrimage route, the residence of the abbot of a former Cistercian abbey and a hermitage above one of the largest deciduous forests in France promise a stopover in two senses.

Tuesday, 14 March

hr television, 8.15 p.m.

Kochs anders - Gourmet ideas from Hesse
Ali, the vintner and the German-Turkish trout

Never before seen on "Kochs anders": Top chef Ali Güngörmüs is invited to the home of a German-Turkish hobby cook. Saynur Neher had actually only come to Germany to study. She then married a winegrower from the Rheingau. Since then, she has lived with him on the vineyard in Lorch. She cooks German and Turkish dishes with dedication and mixes the influences of both cultures with great imagination in her cuisine. To welcome Ali, she serves deep-fried anchovies: "hamsi" - the way they are prepared in her home town of Trabzon on the Black Sea. They are accompanied by German wine from their own vineyard. She immediately shares a great affinity with Ali, who came to Germany as a child. For the main course, she smokes trout for him - quite German! But the side dishes like spinach with pine nuts and red salad with pomegranate turn the meal into a multicultural feast. Ali will have a hard time with that: The following day he has to create a completely new meal with the same main ingredients. Encouraged by Saynur, he wants to come up with something very special.

Thursday, 16 March

hr television, 10.30 a.m.

Through Australia on Legendary Trains
Ghan and Overland

The Ghan is one of the most famous passenger trains in the world. It crosses Australia from south to north, right through the red heart of the continent. Film author Robert Hetkämper and his team travelled on the Ghan. The travelogue tells of a rescue station for kangaroo babies, of wine growing in the Barossa Valley, of the last opal seekers in the desert, of the Aboriginal painters of Alice Springs and of Darwin, Australia's gateway to Asia.

Thursday, 16 March

3sat, 11.45 a.m.

The Taste of Europe - The Gironde

This time Martin Traxl and Lojze Wieser explore the landscapes and cuisines of Bordeaux and the Gironde in south-western France in their search for the "Taste of Europe". The culinary specialities and dishes "à la Bordelaise" are as diverse as the region, which is characterised by its proximity to the Atlantic, the breathtaking vineyards and castles and the omnipresent French charm. These include the famous white shrimps, which are still fished out of the Garonne by the last shrimp fisherman there, oysters from Arcachon, top-quality beef from Bazas, sweet cannellés or the original form of macarons, which are still baked today according to an ancient recipe in St. Émilion.

Friday, 17 March

SWR Television, 5.50 p.m.

Railway Romanticism
By Train through Portugal's World Cultural Heritage - The Mira Douro

In the middle of the northern Portuguese city Porto is the São Bento railway station, famous for its magnificent tile paintings, the azulejos. One of the most beautiful railway lines in Portugal, the Linha do Douro, begins here. For some years now, a train with the melodious name Mira Douro, meaning "beautiful view", has been running on it. On its most spectacular section along the Douro, the line runs directly on the riverbank through the Alto Douro wine-growing region. It is the oldest wine-growing region in Portugal with a protected designation of origin, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Grapes for the famous Port wine grow here. The train winds around 170 kilometres towards the Spanish border through one of the most scenic areas of Portugal - between Peso da Régua and Tua - pulled by a steam locomotive.

Friday, 17 March

SWR Television, 6.15 p.m.

Take a drive
Favourite place Dhron - news from an underestimated river

It's about a small river that many people don't know: The Dhron in the Hunsrück. It rises in Morbach-Hinzerath and flows into the Moselle in Neumagen-Dhron. Only 36 kilometres long, but many interesting people live along its banks. Karol Maksymowicz has found his new home in Neumagen-Dhron. The Pole once started there as a harvest helper, today he runs his own small vineyard.

Sunday, 19 March

Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.

The Vintner King Family series, Germany/Austria 2006

Thomas Stickler left his Burgenland hometown of Rust at an early age and made a career abroad. For years he has been working as a production director in a Frankfurt high-tech company. When it is decided at a meeting to outsource the company's production facilities to Hungary, he clashes with the management and quits his job. Thomas comes home earlier than usual that day: he promptly catches his wife Johanna in flagrante delicto with his friend and colleague Thorsten Schmidt. Thomas has had enough: he sees the need to rethink his life and his future and returns to Rust and his childhood home, the Stickler Inn. The joy of reuniting with his parents Edi and Hermine, his sister Andrea and her husband Georg, as well as with Claudia, his former lover, is abruptly shattered by the sudden death of his father. Edi is laid to rest in the presence of the whole village and Thomas' family.

Monday, 20 March

3sat, 12.55 p.m.

PortoI want to go there
with Simin Sadeghi

Old trams, spectacular views, morbid charm and lots of wine: that's Porto. For a long time, Portugal's second-largest city was considered an insider tip. Of course, Porto is famous for its port wine. But it actually comes from Vila Nova de Gaia, the town across the river. That's where the port houses have their huge warehouses and tasting rooms. Simin Sadeghi traces the secrets of port wine there and visits a winemaker's laboratory for blending different wines. The metro takes us out of the centre to Matosinhos on the Atlantic beach. There you will not only find fresh fish, but also a whole range of surfing schools. Time for Simin to take a ride on the wave.

Monday, 20 March

3sat, 2.10 p.m.

New Zealand from above - A paradise on earth

The gold of today in New Zealand is wine, as winemaker Nick Mills tells us. Pinot Noir is the most famous grape variety here, and it has also 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, loaded with wine.

Wednesday, 22 March

arte, 12.45 p.m.

City Land Art
The Enchanting Douro by Eça de Queiroz

The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is a forested wine-growing region where the smell of grape marc and smoked meat is in the air. This fertile land with its rich history is the home of Portuguese writer José Maria Eça de Queiroz. In his last novel, "City and Mountain", he immortalised Portuguese nature and described everyday rural life, which he contrasted with the vain and decadent life in Paris.

Thursday, 23 March

3sat, 11.45 a.m.

The Taste of Europe

In addition to its culture and history, its quaint villages with centuries-old half-timbered houses and stork nests on the roofs, Alsace also has much to offer in the way of culinary delights. The traditional Munster cheese, for example, which is still made by hand in the "Ferme Auberges", grape varieties, hearty sauerkraut and Alsatian Baeckeoffe, a stew prepared in artfully potted clay tureens. Presenter Lojze Wieser and filmmaker Florian Gebauer meet people in this politically and culturally highly contested border region in the heart of Europe who transfer the old recipes into today.

Saturday, 25 March

arte, 10.50 a.m.

At Table in Württemberg Available online from 18/03 to 18/04

Württemberg is a sparsely populated rural region in southern Germany. The region is characterised by gently rolling hills, forested mountain ranges and numerous rivers and lakes. Due to its proximity to Lake Constance, the climate is particularly mild and is also suitable for winegrowing.

Sunday, 26 March

arte, 6.35 a.m.

From rock to rock

Whether clay, sandstone, basalt, granite or limestone - these rocks provide information about the history of the earth on both a microscopic and an infinite scale. Whether in North America or Namibia, Western Europe or India, on the Amazon or the Nile - the five-part documentary series shows how science and religion are still trying to get to the bottom of the secrets of rocks today.

Monday, 27 March

WDR Television, 8.15 p.m.

Country and delicious
Craft Cider from the Black Forest

The fifth journey takes the countrywomen to the Black Forest to host Wendy LeBlanc. Born in the United States, she took a big step four years ago and moved from her hometown of Seattle to the small town of Unterkirnach. Here, together with her husband, she has set up a craft cider factory and processes the fruit from the surrounding orchards into exclusive wine and semi-sparkling wine. She makes "cider" from apples and "perry" from pears. Mosten has a long tradition in the Black Forest. With her cider factory, Wendy is looking for new ways between traditional craftsmanship and innovation. In her menu, she wants to introduce the countrywomen to the diversity of cider and perry. There will be pear poached in perry with blue cheese and microgreens, polenta and roasted vegetables in cider sauce, pumpkin pie and caramelised pear ice cream. Of course, the countrywomen also get to know Wendy's orchards and one of her favourite places in the Black Forest: the Günterfelsen near Furtwangen. The other participants: In Franconia, young winemaker Kerstin Laufer is at the start with innovative wines of traditional grape varieties. On the Lower Rhine, Domenica Müller keeps water buffaloes and makes noodles from their grain. In the western Lake Constance district, Lea Martin breeds ostriches. In Upper Bavaria, Agnes Jaud runs a cheese factory on the edge of the Alps. In western Münsterland, Sarah Konert has devoted herself to breeding noble Blonde d'Aquitaine cattle.

Tuesday, 28 March

3sat, 11.55 a.m.

Hesse à la carte
Cooking Pleasure in Upper Hesse

It's a pleasure to stop off at a rustic inn in the countryside. Michaele Scherenberg introduces two such cosy inns that are still run by families.

Thursday, 30 March

3sat, 11.45 a.m.

The Taste of Europe

Lojze Wieser and Martin Traxl set off again to explore the culinary cultures of our continent. On their foray through European regions, they show how historical, scenic, geographical and cultural backgrounds have influenced the respective cuisines. This time, their journey takes them to the "Island of Beauty", to Corsica, where they discover the traditional products and dishes in addition to the impressive and varied landscape, the quaint villages and harbour towns steeped in history, such as Bastia or Calvi. Corsica offers very good geological and climatic conditions for wine growing. Today, Corsican wines are popular exotics within the French wine world, as varieties grow on the island that are otherwise not or only rarely planted in France.

Thursday, 30 March

arte, 16.15

How Gods Dine
Christianity in Europe

In Christianity, wine is served at communion. Beer brewed by nuns in Bavaria and baked sweets in Andalusia bear witness to the traces of Christianity in European food. Author Catharina Kleber travels to five different regions of the world to find out how food is influenced by religious precepts.

Friday, 31 March

3sat, 1.20 p.m.

The Cevennes - France's Untouched South

Massive plateaus, karst landscapes, deep gorges and vast forests: In the south of France, the Cévennes stretch across the departments of Lozère, Gard and Hérault. The Cévennes lie between the wine-growing regions of Burgundy and the Rhône, where mainly Pinot Noir and Syrah are grown.

Media library

GEO Report
Crémant, the fine Alsatian wine for the festive season

From 20 February in the ARTE media library

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Crémant is on the rise. Like the noble champagne, this sparkling wine is also produced according to traditional methods. The classic bottle fermentation process produces some spectacular drops, and as "Crémant brut" they are certainly comparable to a champagne. Alsatian Crémant is particularly popular because the region near the Rhine on the border with Germany has particularly diverse soils. "GEO Reportage" traces the noble Crémant in various Alsatian wine-growing regions. One of the world's best sommeliers, Serge Dubs, knows that crémants can certainly compete with champagne. The master of his trade has been assessing wines, champagnes and crémants for decades. He knows the methods and idiosyncrasies of the winegrowers like no other. Already during the growth phase, long before the harvest, the future wine qualities can be fathomed. Depending on the grape variety used, crémant in Alsace is usually white, but rarely also offered as rosé. Crémant from Alsace is gaining more and more enthusiasts, even if the great price advantage is history. In the meantime, the price for a bottle of Alsatian Crémant quickly reaches 20 to 30 euros.

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