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Sunday, 1 May

3sat, 2.15 pm

Full steam ahead through Tuscany

Tuscany is a landscape of longing for people from all over the world. Especially the region around Siena, Montalcino and the Val d'Orcia is an experience for all senses. With "vapore", the "Treno Natura" puffs through the Orcia Valley bathed in magical light. Gentle hills overlooked by medieval villages, avenues of cypresses leading to romantic country estates, olive groves, fields and vineyards. On one of the hills, the small town of Montalcino, world-famous for its Brunello. Not far from Montalcino is the Tenuta di Collosorbo. The traditional winery has been in female hands for 25 years. Mother Giovanna and her daughters Lucia and Laura produce excellent wine year after year. Their Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino are among the best wines in Italy.

Sunday, 1 May

SWR Television, 3.45 p.m.

Nature's Paradise Vineyard

Whether shrew or buzzard, ant lion or genet - the vineyard attracts many wild animals. A fascinating natural paradise. The SWR documentary tells of life and survival among the vines. The settings are the wine landscapes at the Kaiserstuhl in Baden, in Southern France and Lower Austria. Impressive animal and nature footage shows the interaction in the vineyard ecosystem - from the sprouting of the vines in spring to the harvesting of the grapes in autumn. In spring, almost all wild animals have offspring. Love stories and struggles for survival alternate. Some animals work together in a clever way, others become enemies and develop sophisticated hunting methods. Even exotic-looking species cavort in the vineyard: the bee-eaters, for example, strikingly colourful migratory birds that fly from Africa to the Kaiserstuhl to raise their offspring in the vineyard terraces.

Vine terraces in the Kaiserstuhl.

SWR/Interspot Film GmbH/Franz Hafner

Sunday, 1 May

SWR Television, 4.30 p.m.

100 Years of Winegrowing in the Southwest
Of myths and machines

Vines, wine and winegrowers shape the culture and landscape of southwestern Germany. For the first time, a 90-minute SWR television documentary comprehensively reflects this - with pictures and archive footage, some of which is almost 100 years old. The once hard manual work of the winegrowers and the development of viticulture up to the present day are shown. Wine festivals and anecdotes. Experts and contemporary witnesses tell of "barrel-sluggers" and "Wingert shooters", of the fight against pests and of German wines that have become better and better.

In the vineyard near Traben-Trarbach, around 1930.


Sunday, 1 May

SWR Television, 8.15 p.m.

The Fabulous Land
A Summer Journey through the Southwest

The SWR documentary shows enchanting landscapes in the southwest, which are connected with old sagas and legends. It tells of people who live their closeness to nature. Shepherdess Johanna von Mackensen lives with her animals on the slopes of the Lauter Valley in the Swabian Alb. Since the 15th century, itinerant shepherding has shaped the landscape. Even 150 years ago, more than a million sheep grazed here. In Rhineland-Palatinate on the Moselle near Cochem-Zell, Angelina and Kilian Franzen grow grapes on a beautiful steep slope. The winemaking couple from Bremm use a monorail rack railway that winds 500 metres up the vineyard to work the sunny rows of vines.

Monday, 2 May

3sat, 9.00 pm

The Danube - From the Wachau to Hungary

The programme tells stories between the Wachau in Austria and Hungary. It is about fates, history, nature, animal protection, adventure and art. For example, there is the Danube landlady who does not want to give up her business despite many floods. "The Danube takes and the Danube gives," she says. And two winemaker brothers explain how the Danube influences the aroma of their wine in the Wachau.

Monday, 2 May

3sat, 9.45 pm

Adventure Trips: Siebengebirge
From the Drachenfels to the Mannberg

Wine culture, hiking, an exciting history and a lively everyday culture: the Siebengebirge has a lot to offer. The film takes you from the Drachenfels to the Mannberg. The members of the Belz family have been growing their wine as organic winegrowers on the steep slope of the Mannberg near Unkel on the Rhine since the 1990s. Other stops on the journey through the Siebengebirge are the winegrowing village of Bad Honnef-Rhöndorf, residence of former German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and a picturesque attraction for excursionists, and the Drachenfels.

Tuesday, 3 May

hr television, 9.15 a.m.

Pleasurable through Rheinhessen

A trip to the neighbours in Rheinhessen is worthwhile. It takes only a few minutes to cross the Rhine by ferry. There you will pass through gently rolling vineyards with views of many windmills and small towns ending in "-heim". In each of them there is more than one winery. Nina Thomas visits some of the many dedicated winegrowers in their vineyards. The wine is accompanied by the right food - from a hearty vintner's snack to pike-perch with black pudding to saddle of lamb and chocolate dessert.

Tuesday, 3 May

Bavarian Television, 10.45 p.m.

Sunny South Tyrol - Where the South Begins

The popular holiday region of South Tyrol is nestled between the Eastern Alps and the Dolomites. Rugged mountains meet lovely wine-growing landscapes, and the sun shines 300 days a year. Tyrolean down-to-earthness and Italian lightness go hand in hand here. By bike we explore the picturesque wine villages along the South Tyrolean Wine Road to Lake Kaltern.

Wednesday, 4 May

ARD-alpha, 9.45 a.m.

Ice Age at Lake Chiemsee?
From Climate Change to Climate Protection

Global climate change and its consequences are currently of great concern to people. On the one hand, the 15-minute programme deals with the basics of climatic processes: How do meteorologists and weather observers determine the climate with average weather values over at least 30 years? On the other hand, examples from Chiemgau show that the climate has been changing for a long time: From the "Ice Age at Lake Chiemsee" 10,000 years ago to the current successful attempts to grow wine in Chiemgau again. Last but not least, there is the question of what humans, today more than ever responsible for climate change, can contribute to climate protection.

Wednesday, 4 May

arte, 5.50 p.m.

Mexico - Under the Palm Trees of Los Comondú

A Garden of Eden in the Wild West, an oasis in America: Los Comondú is one of 120 oases located in the 1,200 kilometre long desert in Mexico's Lower California. Here it rains only a few days a year and the temperature reaches up to 50 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, water flows in Los Comondú, which enabled the first settlers from Europe to conquer this part of America - and even to perform the miracle of growing wine in the desert. The first inhabitants of Los Comondú were Europeans. Today, the oasis, long isolated and relatively unknown, is gaining attention. Scientists are fascinated by this Eldorado where water becomes wine - because that is exactly what happens in Los Comondú. Today, cowboys and winegrowers inhabit this gem in the desert.

Friday, 6 May

NDR Television, 21.00

Föhr and Amrum
Small Paradises in the North Frisian Wadden Sea

Lenz Roeloffs learned viticulture from scratch. He looks after the vines on the Nieblum vineyard Waalem on the North Sea island of Föhr and processes them into wine and sparkling wine in Alkersum. The filmmakers Anne Brüning and Mathias Münch will therefore end their journey with Föhrer wine.

Saturday, 7 May

arte, 12.05 p.m.

Magical Maghreb
Tunisia, the North

Wine was already cultivated in Tunisia in Roman times. But under the influence of Islam, production almost came to a standstill. Young winegrowers from the sunny region around Cap Bon revive the old wine tradition.

Sunday, 8 May

SWR Television, 9.00 p.m.

Dream Destinations: Sunny South Tyrol - Where the South Begins

The popular holiday region of South Tyrol is nestled between the Eastern Alps and the Dolomites. Rugged mountains meet beautiful wine-growing landscapes, the sun shines 300 days a year and Tyrolean down-to-earthness combines with Italian lightness. A television journey from the Eisack Valley in the north to the South Tyrolean Wine Route in the south.

Monday, 9 May

3sat, 11.45 a.m.

At Table... in Burgenland

Burgenland is the easternmost province of Austria and has the largest lake in the country, Lake Neusiedl. Nowhere else in the Alpine country are there so many sunny days. They allow wine varieties to ripen and vegetables to thrive - especially tomatoes, which are called Paradeiser here. The largest areas of cultivation are in the Pannonian Plain of Burgenland around Lake Neusiedl.

Monday, 9 May

3sat, 2.00 p.m.

The Azores

Pico, named after the 2,351 metre high volcano Ponta do Pico, is the island of wine. The inhabitants rave about their home island: "How this land smells! When the grapes are ripe and a light breeze blows from the sea, you can smell the grapes." The wine of the second largest Azorean island was so famous in the 19th century that even the Russian Tsar had it in his cellar. But the Azores are also a longing destination for many emigrants.

Monday, 9 May

3sat, 15.30

Beautiful Portugal

The north of Portugal shows itself in lush green: there lies the wine town Porto at the mouth of the river Douro. Its banks are lined by gentle hills.

Monday, 9 May

3sat, 5.45 p.m.

mare TV: La Rochelle - Rough Charm on the Atlantic Ocean

Of all places, France exudes a special charm on the rough Atlantic coast: the heart of the Charente-Maritime region is La Rochelle. The Romans were already magically attracted to this coast. They grew wine and harvested salt here. Nowadays, the maritime descendants of the Gauls focus mainly on seafood.

Tuesday, 10 May

3sat, 5.35 a.m.

Beautiful Portugal

The north of Portugal shows itself in lush green: There lies the wine town Porto at the mouth of the river Douro. Its banks are lined with gentle hills. Portugal's second largest city lies directly on the Atlantic and plays an important role in the success story of port wine. It was here, in 1756, that the Marquês de Pombal established the first quality criteria for port wine. It may only be grown on plots that meet certain requirements in terms of climate, soil composition and altitude. A century before Bordeaux, he introduced a kind of protected designation of origin.

Tuesday, 10 May

hr television, 9.15 a.m.

A gourmet journey with friends
Cookery report by Michaele Scherenberg

Bastian Fiebig and Stefan Maxeiner, two colleagues from the Frankfurt Gourmet Academy, go on a trip to Chablis in the north of Burgundy. The two love the "savoir-vivre" and make culinary discoveries. So they look at Burgundian specialities at the market, such as spiced bread and tripe sausage. At the French two-star chef Patrick Gaulthier's they try snails with mushrooms and pike perch on red wine butter. A visit to the vineyard is not to be missed. Bastian Fiebig is a gastro-journalist and regularly takes wines with him to taste at his wine tastings at the Frankfurt Genussakademie.

Tuesday, 10 May

3sat, 11.55 a.m.

Hesse à la carte
Cooking with Ebbelwoi

The good "Stöffche" is becoming more and more popular: at the Frankfurt cider fair one is amazed to see how many varieties of cider there are now - from rustic and juicy to noble and fine. But cider not only fits in the glass, but also on the plate. In "Hessen à la carte", cider professionals cook in their kitchens at home - a film about kitchen and cellar, apple tree meadows and cider connoisseurs. The "Freiheit" in Laudenau serves strawberries flavoured with apple cider vinegar. Landlord and apple cider vinegar maker Jürgen Katzenmeier won a first prize in Austria for one of his vinegars. In Reichelsheim, Armin Treusch invites you to a special apple wine tasting - and he prepares delicious apple pancakes with apple wine foam.

Wednesday, 11 May

arte, 5.50 p.m.

America's East Coast
Big Apple and Sea

Delaware is known as a tax haven, but excellent wines also grow on its coast. Peggy Raley started with just a few vines and first had to make sure that wine growing was legalised in the Puritan state. Today, her winery is known throughout the East Coast.

Thursday, 12 May

hr television, 9.45 a.m.

Winegrowing in the far north

When Leon Zijlstra and Jörn Andresen tell of their dream to grow wine in the Stormarn district, the doubters said: too flat, too cold, not enough sun. But the studied viticulturist and the master gardener acquired 3.3 hectares of land and planted 7,000 vines. One of the largest wine-growing areas in Schleswig-Holstein was created in Bargteheide. That was in 2017. In autumn 2019, the grapes were harvested, wine pressed and bottled for the first time. The long-term observation over one year shows the difficulties the winegrowers and their vines have to face in the northern German climate.

Friday, 13 May

3sat, 6.45 p.m.

Gernstl on the way to the Matterhorn
From the Furka Pass to Zermatt

The inhabitants of the canton of Valais are a breed apart, they say. They are tradition-conscious, close to nature, and unconventional. They also go their own way when it comes to viticulture. Heida, an old grape variety, is cultivated at an altitude of over one thousand metres. The manual work on the steep slopes is demanding, but fun, says winemaker Isabella Kellenberger. And life has to be fun, she says, that's the point of it all. With this elementary insight and a hearty laugh, she takes her leave.

Saturday, 14 May

3sat, 3.35 a.m.

(in the night from Saturday to Sunday) The Wine and the Wind
(Ce qui nous lie) Feature film, France 2016

After a long absence, Jean returns to his parents' vineyard in Burgundy. After his father's death, he and his siblings must decide what to do with the estate. Between two wine harvests, the newly minted winemakers must decide on their future and that of the renowned estate.

The siblings Jérémie (François Civil, l.), Jean (Pio Marmaï, m.) and Juliette (Ana Giradot, r.) at a wine tasting.

ZDF/Emmanuelle Jacobson-Roques

Sunday, 15 May

ZDFinfo, 1.30 p.m.

Wine with an aftertaste
The tricks of the wine industry
WISO documentary

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 Bordeaux is also appreciated in Germany. Germany imports about 15 million litres a year. Many French winegrowers, however, only achieve the quality they are used to with pesticides that can still be detected in the wine. In Germany, too, the image cultivated by winegrowers of a noble, pure drop is only part of the reality. For in addition to pesticides in the vineyard, more than 50 additives may now be used in the wine cellar. By no means all of them are harmless. 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 side of wine. They research working conditions at South African wineries. They talk to scientists about the use of synthetic pesticides and fining agents in viticulture. They visit an organic winegrower in the Bordeaux region who tries to produce high-quality wines in the most natural way possible.

The organic winegrower relies on gentle viticulture. When working with the horse, the soil in the vineyard remains loose.

ZDF/Daniel Meinl

Sunday, 15 May

arte, 6.25 p.m.

Delicious Tuscany
On the coast

This episode shows the coastal region around Livorno, the islands of Elba and Giglio and the Gulf of Talamone. Heading south, we go to the island of Giglio. Here the brothers Simone and Giovanni Rossi harvest Ansonica grapes on steep mountain slopes. No machines are used because of the steep slope. Viticoltura eroica, "heroic viticulture", is the popular name for their work, which demands a lot of effort for little yield. After the harvest, they enjoy the panoramic view in the vineyard with a sip of white wine and fig bread.

Sunday, 15 May

hr television, 8.15 p.m.

Madeira - Hiking, wine and wild water

As a lonely volcanic island in the Atlantic, Madeira was for a long time the last stopover on the way to the so-called New World. In the 15th century, it was occupied by Portuguese colonisers, who began cultivating wine on the rugged cliffs soon after their arrival. The sweet liqueur wine from Madeira quickly became popular, as it could be stored well on long crossings and gained in flavour. It experienced its heyday when it sailed the oceans in the barrels of the explorers.

Monday, 16 May

ZDFinfo, 5.45 a.m.

plan b: Noble Drops
The wine of tomorrow

Will Riesling still taste like Riesling in 2050? Vineyards are groaning under extreme heat and torrential rain. At the same time, wine production produces greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. How to get out of this vicious circle? The wine world and science are looking for solutions. An 800-year-old family tradition is threatened - and estate director Ralf Bengel wants to save it. The winemaker is in charge at the world-famous "Schloss Vollrads" wine estate in the Rheingau. For 27 generations, the noble lords of the estate, the Greiffenclaus, have cultivated a single grape variety: Riesling. And they want it to stay that way. But weather extremes attack the plants. Sometimes hot summers burn the grapes. Sometimes heavy rains that wash the soil down the slopes. "It's no use burying your head in the sand," says Ralf Bengel. "The situation is like this. And I am convinced that there are solutions." That is why he is working with researchers at the nearby Geisenheim University of Applied Sciences. Their ambitious goal: to breed Riesling plants that can withstand climate change. Arianna Occhipinti is taking a different approach. The Sicilian winemaker relies solely on the forces of nature. And that in the south of Europe, where a record temperature has already been measured: 48.8 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, Occhipinti does not irrigate her plants. She trusts that the plants will root deeper and deeper until they get water from the soil. "To make good wine, you have to respect nature," says the radical winemaker. And making her natural wine entirely without additives pays off - for her and for the environment. Making wine climate-neutrally - this is the goal Franz Wehrheim is pursuing in the Palatinate. He seeks support from management consultant Helena Ponstein. She knows how wineries can improve their carbon footprint - for example, in the area of packaging. Packaging is responsible for more than half of the CO2 emissions in wine production. And a lot could be achieved by using lighter bottles. They make a less valuable impression. Would they be accepted by consumers?

Arianna Occhipinti at the grape harvest in Vittoria, Sicily.

ZDF/Cornelia Schulze

Wednesday, 18 May

ARD-alpha, 8.15 p.m.

Beautiful - Slovenia

Wine and olives thrive in Slovenia's Mediterranean climate; pebble beaches alternate with rocky coves; Portorož has the only sandy beach and centuries-old salt works including a new spa.

Thursday, 19 May

SWR Television, 6.15 p.m.

The recipe seeker in Bechtolsheim

Susanne Nett is invited to cook at the Lutz winery in Bechtolsheim, a pretty wine village in the Rhine-Hesse region, and 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. Roswitha Lutz is a passionate cook who cooks for the entire winery team every day. She gets the herbs for the dish from her garden. The senior boss of the winery has also founded a cooking school.

Thursday, 19 May

WDR Television, 9.00 p.m.

On Tour through the Palatinate - A Wine Region Rediscovered

2,000 hours of sunshine a year, a landscape like a picture book, warm hospitality, good wine and good food: At the time of the almond blossom in spring, a pink splendour adorns the German Wine Route and the hiking trails in the Palatinate. Together with the vast Palatinate Forest, the region invites you to go 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. We discover with her a region that has far more to offer than "Worscht un' Woi". She takes us to dizzying heights on the Trifels climbing rock, we meet Europe's largest coral breeder in Leinsweiler, visit a colourful garden with artistic musings, learn the secret of fine raspberry chocolate cakes and discover that German sparkling wine and Japanese food harmonise exquisitely. And by the way: the bass guitars for Lady Gaga's band are also made in the Palatinate.

Saturday, 21 May

3sat, 5.30 p.m.

Summer Light Television film, Germany 2011

Lea Walter, a passionate winemaker, celebrates her 70th birthday. The mood is bad, because the traditional winery in the Majorcan mountains is threatened with insolvency. The culprit is Lea's ambitious son Enrico, who has overstretched himself financially with the modernisation. The temperamental winegrower takes out his frustration on his sister Ricarda, an unconventional actress, and his intimidated wife Fiona.

Sunday, 22 May

3sat, 1.55 p.m.

Adventure Trips: Burgenland
Vastness and Wine - Lake Neusiedl

This time, "Erlebnisreisen" invites you on a foray by bicycle to tourist attractions around Lake Neusiedl in the Austrian province of Burgenland.

Sunday, 22 May

3sat, 3 .25 p.m.

Cycling on the Road - 1000 Kilometres of Brandenburg

From Cottbus, Anja Ittmann continues cycling on the "Tour Brandenburg" to Bad Liebenwerda. The nature and landscape guide cycles through her homeland: along the Spree to Spremberg. Finally, she cycles along the leisurely flowing Schwarze Elster to Bad Liebenwerda. There she meets a passionate winegrower who successfully cultivates old varieties of wine in Brandenburg.

Monday, 23 May

Bavarian Television, 11.20 a.m.

Railway Romance
Glacierexpress - From Brig to the Matterhorn

The Heida wine is served in slanted glasses on the train journey, because they can stand up straight on the table in them during the steep mountain journey. The wine, by the way, comes from the area. Above the line, near Visperterminen, is the highest vineyard north of the main Alpine ridge at an altitude of 1,150 metres. The wine tastes fruity and has it all: up to 14 percent alcohol is not uncommon.

Monday, 23 May

3sat, 5.45 p.m.

South Tyrol - Around Lake Kaltern

Nowhere is South Tyrol 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 region wealthy. Many country houses and castles characterise the landscape. Italian flair can be felt especially in Bolzano. While the majority of South Tyroleans speak German, most Bolzano residents are Italian native speakers. In addition to an old town from the Middle Ages, the provincial capital has a new town from the fascist era. The film introduces two young South Tyrolean women who run a multilingual online magazine, a vintner who demonstrates a spirit of innovation and a restorer who rescues centuries-old tiled stoves. An architect explores the bunkers of the Alpenwall, a defence system built by order of Mussolini. The film also takes us to the village of Tramin on the Wine Road, namesake of the white grape variety Gewürztraminer. The village causes a sensation with the contemporary architecture of its cellar cooperative and one of the most original carnival parades in the Alpine region.

Wednesday, 25 May

3sat, 2.45 pm

Burgenland - Austria's most beautiful backyard

One hour's drive southeast of Vienna lies Burgenland with Lake Neusiedl. The capital Eisenstadt is dominated by the mighty Esterhazy Castle. Hundreds of rare bird species breed in the mighty reed belt of Lake Neusiedl. Good wine grows on the shores.

Wednesday, 25 May

3sat, 5.00 p.m.

Eastwards - through Montenegro
Black mountains, green heart and blue sea

With warmth and humour Julia Finkernagel meets the Montenegrin Šuco, who wants to show her his country in the coming weeks. "You can do cars - but we can do ham, wine and honey," says Šuco. And off they go!

Thursday, 26 May

3sat, 5.45 a.m.

Slovenia - Travelling in the Land of Legends and Myths

Slovenia is the land of 1,000 faces. Beautiful landscapes that could not be more different are found in a very small area: There are, for example, the high mountain peaks of the Julian Alps with gorges and river valleys, fascinating caves and karst areas or cheerful wine villages and picturesque coastal towns like the Venetian-like Piran.

Thursday, 26 May

MDR Television, 12.15 p.m.

Border Stories
From Poland to the Black Sea

In Hungary, we first visit the shepherds in the Puszta and finally Tállya - according to recent calculations, the geometric centre of Europe is located here. But Tállya is definitely in the middle of the Tokaj wine-growing region. Tokaj sweet wines are among the most traditional wines in the world.

Friday, 27 May

arte, 16.55

Valtellina and its mountains

From enormous granite massifs to imposing mountain panoramas and impressive nature reserves: Valtellina is one of the most beautiful and yet least known Alpine regions in Italy. The northern Italian valley landscape stretches for over a hundred kilometres and is surrounded by steep vineyards that are painstakingly cultivated. With its dry stone walls - a UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece - Valtellina is a land of traditions and contrasts amidst breathtaking scenery.

Saturday, 28 May

arte, 3.50 p.m.

Magical Andes
Argentina and Chile: The North

Millions of grapevines reach for the sky on the gentle hills of the Argentine province of Mendoza. Centuries ago, the Incas established irrigation systems here to transport the meltwater from the mountains into the valley.

Sunday, 29 May

arte, 6.25 p.m.

Delicious Tuscany
Maremma and Orcia Valley

In the midst of the hills of the Orcia Valley lies Montalcino. Only wine made from Sangiovese grapes harvested here may be called Brunello. This is also the case with Marino Colleoni's red wine. While he reveals the secrets of the famous wine, his wife Luisa prepares the wine-soaked Peposo: beef cutlets with plenty of pepper.

Tuesday, 31 May

arte, 13.00

City Land Art
Bosnia and Herzegovina's hard-won wine

Beneath the karst fields of Popovo Polje lies one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's greatest treasures: mineral-rich underground cavities that allow the region's vines to grow and flourish. All the prerequisites were in place to make the wines there something special. But then came natural disasters, wars and conflicts. That wines like Blatina and Zilavka still exist today is thanks to a handful of persistent and passionate men.

Programme changes at short notice are possible.

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