From vine to bottle - the complete process of world famous Cognac brandy
No paperwork or dope sheet
Cognac, south-west France
Titles. Map of France becomes close-up of Cognac. Overview of Cognac, showing bridge on the river of Charente. Various long-shots of Cognac. Camera pans left to right over vineyards encompassing the neighbouring town of Jarnac. Long shot of vineyards with horse and plough going across shot (left to right). Medium shots and close-up of men pruning leaves in vineyard. Shots of men spraying fields by means of cart or hand. Medium shot of leaves wet with spray. Men gathering grapes and loading them onto cart horse (good shot) Medium shot of man pruning vine and gathering grapes. Close-up of man. Young boy eating grapes from vine. Various shots of men harvesting. Man carrying steel hod through vineyard. Medium shot of same man climbing ladder and unloading harvest onto cart. Various shots of workers harvesting vineyard. Medium and close-up shots of men sipping from wine bottles. Medium shot of full cart going to the presses, cart goes out of picture. Medium shot of cart coming through gates and going past camera. Cart stopping at distillery. Medium shot of cart heavy with grapes backing up. Grapes spilling out from cart, man left of shot prodding them with a big stick. Interior - distillery. Wine presses. Close-up shot of wine oozing from wine press. Pan right to left of pot still. (Commentary describes at length distillation process, good summation) Various shots of distillation process. Medium close-up of man tasting brandy and spitting it back out. (Commentary "it takes roughly ten barrels of wine to make one barrel of brandy") Various shots of craftsmen shaving wood to make barrels. Medium and close-up shots of men making barrels. Two men rolling barrels (bad light). Medium shot of farm carts loaded up with wine barrels. Cart horse trudging along road. 'River' of wine running from storage vat. Men in warehouse working with wine. (colour fade) Medium shots of barrels of 'young brandy' being rolled into warehouse. Hundreds of barrels in warehouse. Medium shot of 'expert' being poured brandy to 'see how it is faring'. Medium-close-ups and close-up shots of 'expert' testing wine. Long-shot aerial view of Cognac, camera pans left to right. Truck going through gates in the town of Cognac. Medium shot of men ferrying cases of Brandy in the port of Tonnay-Charente. Various shots of Cognac brandy being lifted onto boats. Pan left to right of brandy being carried onto boat at port. End credits.