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Sunday, 1 October

3sat, 6.30 a.m.

planet e.: Wanderlust - Climate Frustration
Tourism in times of climate change

Holiday destinations worldwide suffer from extreme weather. Because climate change does not stop at holiday destinations. Where does tourism promote climate change? Where could it be an opportunity? planet e. shows the three tourism regions Ahrtal, Mallorca and Greenland in search of solutions.

Idyllic vineyards, picturesque hiking trails attracted many tourists to the Ahr Valley until 2020.

ZDF/Andrea Schäfer

Sunday, 1 October

Phoenix, 9.45 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 her. Now she wants to realise her dream here and combine new wine with the old traditions as an organic winemaker. To do this, she left her permanent job in the capital Tbilisi six years ago and returned to her roots in the home village of Meore Obcha in western 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, for the first time, they want to produce 10,000 bottles - organically grown and vinified in quevris, clay pots embedded in the earth. Women entrepreneurs like Baia are a sign of change in Georgia. She looks for bridges between the past and the future and trusts 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 tells the story of whether and how the 27-year-old winegrower succeeds in doing so with the new harvest.

Tamar, Baia, Gwantsa, Bacho Abuladze (l.t.r.)

MDR/Dunja Engelbrecht

Sunday, 1 October

NDR Television, 11.30 a.m.

On Tour through the Palatinate - A Wine Region Rediscovered

Warm hospitality, good wine, good food, 2,000 hours of sunshine a year - a landscape straight out of a picture book. In March, the almond blossom heralds the arrival of spring. Then a pink splendour adorns the German Wine Route and the hiking trails. Together with the vast Palatinate Forest, the region is particularly inviting for hiking, cycling and climbing at this time. We accompany former wine princess Christina Fischer on a journey through her homeland from the Palatinate Forest to Deidesheim - and discover with her a region that has more to offer than "Worscht un' Woi". Christina takes us to dizzying heights at the Trifels climbing rock, we meet Europe's largest coral breeder in the small village of Leinsweiler, indulge in reveries in the garden of a (rather down-to-earth) fantasist, learn the secret of fine raspberry chocolate tartlets and discover that German sparkling wine and Japanese food harmonise excellently. And by the way: the bass guitars of Lady Gaga and Prince also come from the Palatinate.

Sunday, 1 October

arte, 4.55 p.m.

Experience Rheinklang: the Rheingau Music Festival 2023

The Rheingau Music Festival has earned its reputation as an unmistakable top event on the festival scene. The international music elite meets in the unique cultural landscape of the Rheingau. Monasteries, castles and vineyards become the backdrops for musical and cultural flights of fancy. In this documentary, host Sarah Willis takes us on a journey of discovery into the musical summer retreat of the Rheingau.

Horn player Sarah Willis in front of Johannisberg Castle

Bernhard von Hülsen

Sunday, 1 October

Phoenix, 5.45 p.m.

Railway Romance
From Porto along the Douros - to the land of port wine

Porto is famous for port wine, but also for its nostalgic trams. The most popular is line 1, the "Infante", named after the discoverer Henry the Navigator. A very special railway line also starts in Porto, the "Linha do Douro". The line runs along the Douro River in the middle of the UNESCO-designated wine-growing region - only there are grapes allowed to grow for the popular port wine.

Sunday, 1 October

ORF III, 9.35 p.m.

Austria's Fateful Days - The Wine Scandal

The new episode of the documentary series goes back to 1985, when Austrian wine caused an international sensation as a "frost protection pearl". By adding the antifreeze agent diethylene glycol and falsifying certificates, producers and traders had made a million-dollar business. The result: countless arrests, a veritable political scandal and, thanks to a swiftly enforced new wine law, the beginning of a success story for Austrian wine that continues to this day.

Monday, 2 October

3sat, 11.45 a.m.

At Table in... Moravia

North Moravia with Wallachia borders on Silesia, South Moravia with its vineyards on Lower Austria. In between lies Central Moravia with its gentle hills and wild gorges.

Monday, 2 October

ORF III, 8.15 pm

Wine Check Austria

Up to 300 additives can be used in the production of one type of wine. Some of them are allergenically relevant substances which, except for sulphur, do not have to be declared. In an investigation in France, for example, 28 pesticides were detected in 22 wines last year. However, environmentally friendly methods entail an economic risk for winegrowers. For the wetter and warmer the weather, the more action must be taken against fungi, weeds and insects. This has far-reaching consequences not only for nature, but also for the winegrowers themselves. Cancer has long been considered an occupational disease in the wine industry. So is wine still a purely natural product? Reporter Anna Illenberger examines the domestic range of products from supermarkets to vinotheques together with a winegrower and explores the question of whether a good wine also has to be expensive.

Tuesday, 3 October

MDR Television, 10.00 a.m.

Legendary - On the Bright Beach of the Saale

Past Saalfeld, Rudolstadt and Jena to the Dornburg castles, past Naumburg with its famous vineyards to the Blütengrund. There the Unstrut joins in. Weissenfels, Bad Dürrenberg and Merseburg follow and finally Halle. In Naumburg, TV presenter Axel Bulthaupt is allowed to help with the wine harvest.

Wednesday, 4 October

ORF III, 2.45 p.m.

Our Austria - the Styrian Wine Country

Styria, a wine country rich in tradition, has experienced spectacular development in the last 15 years. Many winegrowers market their fine wines throughout Europe, some even worldwide, and they have developed their farms and cellars in an architecturally exciting way. Their wines win prizes at national and international tastings. This new generation of winegrowers presents itself and the unique wine country with modern marketing. This film shows the wine-growing region of Styria in the change of seasons and how the wine culture has changed in recent years.

Wednesday, 4 October

ARD-alpha, 8.15 pm

Beautiful - Romantic Neckar Valley

Nestled between forest and vineyards stands the oldest castle in the Neckar Valley: Hornberg Castle, once owned by Götz von Berlichingen. Andrea Grießmann meets today's lord of the castle, Baron Dajo von Gemmingen-Hornberg, who is also a successful winegrower.

Wednesday, 4 October

Phoenix, 8.15 p.m.

San Francisco from above

Even before the sun rises, in the north, in one of the Bay Area's oldest industrial regions, workers are already toiling in the gently rolling vineyards of Napa Valley. The winemakers there are among the largest and most famous producers of American wine.

Thursday, 5 October

ARD-alpha, 8.15 p.m.

On Tour through the Palatinate - A Wine Region Rediscovered

Warm hospitality, good wine, good food, 2,000 hours of sunshine a year - a landscape straight out of a picture book. In March, the almond blossom heralds the arrival of spring. Then a pink splendour adorns the German Wine Route and the hiking trails. Together with the vast Palatinate Forest, the region is particularly inviting for hiking, cycling and climbing at this time. We accompany former wine princess Christina Fischer on a journey through her homeland from the Palatinate Forest to Deidesheim - and discover with her a region that has more to offer than "Worscht un' Woi". Christina takes us to dizzying heights at the Trifels climbing rock, we meet Europe's largest coral breeder in the small village of Leinsweiler, indulge in reveries in the garden of a (rather down-to-earth) fantasist, learn the secret of fine raspberry chocolate tartlets and discover that German sparkling wine and Japanese food harmonise excellently. And by the way: the bass guitars of Lady Gaga and Prince also come from the Palatinate.

Friday, 6 October

arte, 11.25 a.m.

Delicious Piedmont

Simple but refined dishes that tell of the history, culture and tradition of Piedmont. Autumn is harvest time in the hilly landscape of the Langhe. But instead of harvesting juicy grapes, Davide Porro and his grandfather Michele prefer to focus on snails.

Grape harvest in Piedmont


Friday, 6 October

3sat, 1.25 p.m.

Switzerland's dreamy railway lines

The historic "Goldenpass Belle Époque" is a train in a class of its own. It offers nostalgia, luxury and adventure at the same time. Twice a day it travels from the palm-fringed shore in Montreux to Zweisimmen in the Bernese Oberland. To do so, it winds its way through the vineyards of picturesque Lavaux.

Friday, 6 October

Bavarian Television, 7.30 p.m.

Country inns
Franconia of Pleasure - Maindreieck

Shaped by winegrowing, the picturesque places "Landgasthäuser" explores in the Maindreieck. Vines have been grown on the steep slopes of Frickenhausen since the early Middle Ages.

Saturday, 7 October

tagesschau24, 9.15 a.m.

France - Wine in danger?

Drought, heat, fire - the weather in France is also becoming more extreme. In certain regions there has been virtually no rain at all for a year and a half. This means stress for the plants, the soils are drying out more and more. Winegrowers there fear for their future. Climate change is threatening French viticulture: winegrowers are struggling with major crop failures. More and more winegrowers are faced with the question: give up or irrigate? But with which water?

Saturday, 7 October

SWR Television, 3.45 p.m.

Market Fresh in Freinsheim
Cooking Course Hot Bagels

New York bagel meets Palatinate wine. For the cooking course at a Palatinate winery, professional chef Frank Brunswig has come up with a really spicy dish. And this time it's all about wine. At the Rings Winery in Freinsheim, he is in exactly the right place.

Saturday, 7 October

SWR Television, 6.15 p.m.

people & moments - wine mood

Menschen & Momente gets you in the mood for Saturday evening. Sometimes it's "Out on the water" or into the most beautiful and curious gardens of the southwest, sometimes it's enjoyable or adventurous.

Sunday, 8 October

ZDFneo, 9.10 a.m.

Terra X
Wine - A history through millennia

The cultivation of vines goes back many millennia. But wine is more than an intoxicating drink: in earlier civilisations wine was associated with gods, and it is no coincidence that it still plays a role in Christian liturgy today. According to all that is known today, the grapevine is around 80 million years old, a contemporary of the dinosaurs. Even if we do not know exactly how long humans have known about the principle of fermentation, there are clear clues as to where grapevines were first cultivated. The trail leads to the eastern edge of the Black Sea in what is now Georgia. Here, archaeologists have excavated an 8,000-year-old Stone Age settlement. The findings leave no doubt: wine was produced here on a grand scale. And from Transcaucasia, the know-how of its production spread around the world. In addition to the walk through the cultural history of wine, the film makes repeated stops at Geisenheim University, one of the world's leading scientific wine-growing institutes. Experiments and interviews with experts provide answers to interesting questions: How does the red colour get into the wine? Why are seemingly rotten grapes particularly sweet? Why was it possible in earlier times to get lead poisoning from drinking wine? Or why do you need sulphur in wine production? Interesting facts about a drink that is part of our cultural heritage like no other.

Sunday, 8 October

Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.

The Vintner King - Vanishing Points

Not only do the three men have to bear the brunt of their grief over Claudia's death, but Paul is also facing a trial for involuntary manslaughter. Georg Plattner has the upper hand again and wants to run for the next mayoral election. Thomas advises the incumbent mayor Ressler, who feels exposed to Georg's slander, to file a motion of no confidence in the municipality. In all the commotion, son Paul suddenly disappears without a trace.

Sunday, 8 October

SWR Television, 3.15 p.m.

German Vintage Festival 2023
Parade from Neustadt an der Weinstraße

The annual highlight of the German Vintage Festival in Neustadt an der Weinstraße is the grand parade. More than 100 procession numbers with floats, cheerful music and customs groups as well as pageantry floats travel through the streets of the town. The newly crowned German Wine Queen and the Palatinate Wine Queen are enthroned on the spectacular floats.

Monday, 9 October

SWR Television, 9.35 a.m.

The Southwest from Above - The Rhineland

The Moselle still benefits from its most important Roman heritage, viticulture. Cineflex shows the towns and landscapes along the Moselle and along the Rhine in a new light. Seen from above, the landscape reveals much of its history.

Monday, 9 October

WDR Television, 8.15 p.m.

Delicious on board - Culinary delights around Traben-Trarbach

In this episode, the two top chefs Björn Freitag and Frank Buchholz travel by houseboat to large and small ports between Trier and Koblenz. They are chauffeured by 27-year-old skipper Mia Licht. She grew up in the Moselle region and is proud to present her home to the chefs. Back on board, they create refined, down-to-earth summer dishes from the culinary specialities of the region. For a relaxed dinner on deck this summer, they invite not only their skipper, but also the producers they visited during the day.

Björn Freitag with Jan-Philipp Bleeke (right).

WDR/Melanie Grande

Tuesday, 10 October

3sat, 1.50 p.m.

Weinviertel - Vast Land

It is the vastness that captivates visitors to the Weinviertel. "The quarter under the Manhartsberg", so called since 1254, conveys a feeling of endlessness. It is no coincidence that the Weinviertel bears its name - viticulture determines the landscape in all its cultural forms and has always been formative for the inhabitants of this region. It is a gentle, warm hilly country that is used by people but has still preserved many original characteristics, a quiet land with a lot of past and hidden treasures.

Tuesday, 10 October

3sat, 2.35 pm

Wachau - Land on the River

At 36 kilometres, the Wachau is only a short section of the 2800-kilometre-long Danube. The documentary shows the charms of this Austrian cultural and natural landscape in the changing seasons. The winding Danube valley, the riparian forests, rock formations and man-made 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.

Wednesday, 11 October

3sat, 1.15 pm

Italy for Connoisseurs
Holiday destinations between Lake Garda and Cilento

Lake Garda is one of the most popular holiday regions in the south. But the wild and romantic mountain scenery and the lemon trees on the "Riviera dei Limoni" do not only attract bathers. The inhabitants of the Italian Piedmont know a lot about enjoyment - famous wines like Barolo or Barbaresco come from this region, and everywhere people like to cook well. Tuscany is also a region for lovers of scenic, cultural and culinary discoveries. Its trademark: gently rolling hills, vineyards close together, small villages in Chianti, and parades of dark green cypresses in between.

Thursday, 12 October

3sat, 11.45 a.m.

The Taste of Europe
Kamptal and Wagram

This time Martin Traxl and Lojze Wieser explore the landscape and cuisine of Kamptal and Wagram. The two neighbouring regions in Lower Austria are hotspots for cuisine and culture. The loess soils of the Wagram provide the ideal breeding ground for the Red Veltliner, one of Austria's oldest autochthonous white wine grape varieties. Not far away, on the western slopes of the Manhartsberg and along the Kamp, mainly Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, which ripen in the depths of the cellar alleys that characterise the landscape, thrive. A local speciality is Verjus, which is pressed from unripe grapes and experienced its renaissance only a few years ago.

Friday, 13 October

3sat, 2.10 p.m.

Collio - Italy's Hills of Pleasure

Collio, a wine-growing region in the extreme northeast of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, captivates with its hilly landscape, charming villages and culinary specialities. The wine there is first-class, spicy the vinegar and prosciutto. At the court in Vienna, the Collio was also called "the fruit chamber of the monarchy". Particularly popular in the ruling houses: the juicy cherries and the fruity white wine. The Felluga family and some other winegrowers were the first to start quality winegrowing in the Collio. The Collio hill country, manageable in its extent, offers a tremendous concentration of first-class wineries. The wine-growing area is also home to the largest number of autochthonous wines in Italy. The grappa produced from Picolit is also a taste experience in itself. The Domenis distillery near Cividale was one of the first to market grappa made from this grape variety and to elevate the marc brandy, which used to be discredited as a poor man's schnapps, to a spirit of the highest quality. Joško Sirk and his son Mitja ferment the wine into vinegar in barrique barrels. It has to be stored there for at least three years to mature into what is perhaps the best vinegar in Italy. Andrea D'Osvaldo, on the other hand, has dedicated himself to prosciutto. A special smoking process and the climate result in the special taste that is not called the "Stradivarius of ham" for nothing.

Old wines in Roberto Felluga's cellar.


Friday, 13 October

SWR Television, 8.15 p.m.

Expedition to the Homeland - In the South of the Palatinate

In the south of the Palatinate, figs, kiwis, sweet chestnuts and almonds thrive alongside wine. Palm trees, olive trees, oleander and jasmine compete with each other on the vineyards. In one of the most enchanting wine villages on the Wine Route, Rhodt unter Rietburg, the festival of the new wine is celebrated.

Sunday, 15 October

Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.

The Vintner King
Where to and back

Paul remains missing and does not appear at the upcoming court hearing. To Thomas' great horror, he has leased part of the vineyards to Georg Plattner. By chance Thomas learns that Paul is in Munich. When he and Blasius try to persuade his son to return home, reconciliation finally takes place. At Rust the opening of Claudia's will causes a surprise.

Sunday, 15 October

SWR Television, 2.45 p.m.

Dream Paths
Hikes from the Saar to the Rhine

Some trails are suitable for families, others demand physical fitness and a head for heights with climbing passages. They lead through forest and volcanic landscapes, over high plateaus and steep vineyards, past medieval castles and fortresses. The view of the Saarschleife from the "Kleine Cloef" vantage point is one of the most impressive experiences on the "Saarschleife Tafeltour" trail, which also offers culinary delights.

Monday, 16 October

3sat, 5.45 p.m.

Canada's German Coast
New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy

Even though the coast of New Brunswick is rocky, wine is grown there on a grand scale - not least an ice wine that is particularly appreciated by gourmets. The grapes are harvested after the first heavy snowfalls of winter, but have received enough sunshine during the warm summer months.

Tuesday, 17 October

hr television, 10.00 a.m.

Myth of the Scharzhofberg
The most expensive white vineyard in the world

In autumn 2015, the wine community listened up. At the annual auction of the "Großer Ring" in Trier, the most expensive white wine in the world was auctioned off. 12,000 euros for a bottle of wine! Never before have prices even come close to this. The Trier auction marked the beginning of a new age for German wine. This film tells the success story of a legendary vineyard: the Scharzhofberg in Wiltingen on the Saar in Rhineland-Palatinate. Only a few vintners share this mountain and they all interpret it differently.

Tuesday, 17 October

arte, 1.30 p.m.

City Land Art
Morocco: A Discreet Drop

In Morocco, anyone who drinks alcohol in public must expect to be punished. It may seem all the more astonishing that wine-growing in this North African country can look back on a centuries-old tradition: From the Romans to the arrival of Islam in the region to the French colonial rulers in the 20th century. The long history of Moroccan wine has accompanied that of the kingdom to this day.

Thursday, 19 October

3sat, 11.50 a.m.

The Taste of Europe
The Burgenland

This time Martin Traxl and Lojze Wieser explore the landscapes and cuisines of Burgenland in their search for the "Taste of Europe". A varied cultural-historical and culinary journey through Austria's youngest province - from the Austrian wine Uhudler and the typical folk instrument of the Burgenland Croats Tamburizza to "Jewish chicken liver" and turnip strudel.

Friday, 20 October

arte, 12.25 p.m.

City Land Art
Chile: The History of Andean Wine

When the southern summer comes to an end in Chile in March, the grape harvest begins at the foot of the Andes. Chilean wine is distinctive and within a few years has become the pride of the nation. Vineyards cover almost a third of the country, and the grape juice has begun its international triumphant march at a rapid pace. But wine also tells the story of a society scarred by the Pinochet dictatorship, a society that is twofold: divided, but also militant.

Saturday, 21 October

hr television, 8.15 p.m.

Legendary - Around Lake Garda

Italy's largest lake is a dream destination between the Alps and the south. Surrounded by palm trees, oleanders, olive trees and vineyards, the view sweeps far across the warm water reflected in the sun.

Sunday, 22 October

Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.

The Vintner King

Thomas Stickler left his Burgenland hometown Rust early on 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.

Monday, 23 October

arte, 6.30 p.m.

The Wild Middle Rhine Valley

The mild wine-growing climate in these latitudes provides for a unique fauna and flora. One plant was even named after the region: the Boppard ribbon flower.

Friday, 27 October

3sat, 9.45 pm

On the banks of the Tagliamento - People and their river

Wild and untamed, the Tagliamento, the "King of the Alpine Rivers", makes its way through the Carnic Alps across the Friulian lowlands to the Adriatic Sea. In the small village of Valeriano, on the terraces above the Tagliamento, the winegrower Emilio Bulfon cultivates old autochthonous grape varieties.

Sunday, 29 October

Bavarian Television, 2.30 p.m.

The winegrower king

Thomas Stickler has had enough: he sees the need to rethink his life and his future and returns to his birthplace 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.

Tuesday, 31 October

3sat, 11.50 a.m.

Hesse à la carte
String beans and red wine pears

Preserves made according to tried and tested recipes are a great addition to the menu. Christine Luckhardt from the "Zum Hohen Lohr" inn loves to preserve fruit and vegetables. Together with her family, she shows the tricks and reveals her own recipes.

Programme changes at short notice are possible.

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