A Seat at the Table

A story 100 years in the making.

We will set up the film by reliving and recreating the landmark Kumeu River and White Burgundy tasting that took place in London in 2015, recounting the drama on both sides with the Brajkovich family and the French winemakers they outclassed.

Then we’ll expand on this idea by arriving in France and questioning French winemakers on their thoughts of New Zealand wine. Does it bare any influence on the Old World? And have they earned a place on the same table as the French classics? These answers will be very telling.

The film will take us on a journey back and forth from the origin of the varietal in France to a region of New Zealand which excels in recreating that French magic. This will showcase the similarities, compare the wines and document the progress.

Our viewers will be guided from Burgundy to Central Otago, from Bordeaux to the Hawke’s Bay, from Hermitage to Waiheke and so on, we will explore all of New Zealand and France’s fine wine regions.

This will succinctly link the quality of New Zealand wine to that of the French and showcase all nine major varietals and styles of New Zealand; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling, Bordeaux Blends, Syrah, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and of course Sauvignon Blanc.

To connect our story as we travel throughout New Zealand and France, we’ll collect all the best wines from both regions and display them on a large dining table. To bring gravitas to these comparisons we’ll assemble a panel of local experts and key wine personalities from global markets such as China and the U.S to compare wine for wine and answer this question for us.

The final story we want to leave with our viewers is one of mutual respect. The climax of the film will be all the New Zealand and French winemakers featured throughout the film entering the room with the large dining table, tasting all the wines, sharing stories, a laugh and enjoying a meal together while we recap on the question...

Has New Zealand earned its place in the world of fine wine?