Life on the Douro screening and wine tasting, Roxy Bar and Screen, London, April 23

Monday, April 23, 2012

Roxy Bar and Screen
128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB

Tickets £9.00 in advance, available here. (£10.00 at the door, limited availability.)

Life on the Douro directed by Zev Robinson, about 300 years of history making wine, and wine making history of the Port producing and spectacular region in northern Portugal, will be screening at the Roxy Bar and Screen, on April 23.

6:00pm Doors open. Dinner menu and Portuguese wines will be available at a discount.
7:30pm Presentation by Zev Robinson and the Life on the Douro screening, followed by a Q&A.
9:00pm Symington Family Estates, Niepoort, Taylor Fladgate, Quinta do Vale D. Maria and Quevedo will be providing wines. Symington representatives, and Miguel Leal of Casa Leal will be on hand to present them and answer questions. Others may join, but nothing confirmed so far. The tasting is included in the ticket price.

About the film:

Life on the Douro comes as close as a film can in transmitting its wonders, and its complex and rich 300 years of history with direct ties to current wine production in Porto and the Douro valley. Interviews with 28 people, many direct descendants of those who founded the region, lends an oral history to Life on the Douro about the region’s development and present situation.

Life on the Douro DVD & screenings

After two months of delays, broken hard drives, corrupted files, slow courier services, and other headaches, the DVD has finally been published, available on the Store page.

Besides the 90 minute film tracing the history, development and present day situation of this incredible wine making region, there are six approximately 3-4 minute extras of interviews with Pedro Branco (Quinta do Portal), George Sandeman, Alistair Robertson (Fladgate Partnership), Dirk Niepoort, Paul Symington, and Roy Hersh ( A special thanks goes to Roy whose help and assistance made this film what it is.

The film is mostly in English, and the NTSC version (for North America and some other regions) has subtitles in English for the Portuguese parts. The PAL version for Europe has subtitles in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and German.

Filmmaker Zev Robinson spent 45 days filming in the region over the course of 15 months, and interviewed and filmed 28 people, including many of the leading figures and winemakers of the region. The film has received fantastic responses from audiences, and future screenings are now being planned.

Life on the Douro

This site is being constructed, and will include videos, stills, news about screenings and events, and other related material. In the meantime, here are a couple of trailers and images, ahead of its premiere on September 6, 2011 as part of the Douro Film Harvest festival Plans are being made for screenings in North America and Europe over the next year.  Please download the Life on the Douro press release for more information on the film’s content and participants

Life on the Douro is a documentary by Zev Robinson tracing 300 years of history of the Douro wine producing region in Portugal with the direct, living ties with the present. The film is the product of 45 days of filming over the course of five trips in 15 months, and 28 people, many of key figures, were interviewed.

The DVD is available to pre-order here at a discount until September 12  – and then available when published in October.

Supporting this project will help the Douro and its Port and still wines get the recognition they undoubtedly deserve.