The debut is dedicated to Italy and stars the Collio hills and Friuli Venezia Giulia. The video features many local winemakers and focuses also on the territory as a whole, talking about its very peculiar nature and landscapes, its long-standing winemaking tradition, its history and arts. “Wine Odissey” is supported by Friuli's tourist agency PromoTurismoFVG, Ca' del Bosco and Honda. The documentary is a very unexpected chance to put on display the Collio area worldwide, as the series will be showcased at international festivals and then broadcast via TV streaming networks. The next episodes will feature another Italian region, Liguria, and Greece.
The final goal of “Harvest 2020” and “Wine Odyssey” is to describe the relationship between men and wine, a story that's been going on since twelve thousand years ago and shaped cultures, myths and legends, from ancient Greece and Rome up till now. A topic highly fascinating for director and producer Maurizio Gigola, who started his carrier in Milan back in the late 1970's and now spends time both in Italy and in San Francisco (USA), where he studied at the Academy of Arts. His international experience led him to conceive and direct “The Great Italian”, a docufilm on the life of Gualtiero Marchesi, Italy's most acclaimed chef: his restaurant was the first one in the country to be awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide, in 1985, and he also gave them back in 2008 as he thought he no longer needed to prove his talent to anyone. The documentary was screened in 2017, and that same year Marchesi passed away.
Gigola thinks of himself as a storyteller, and he's currently developing a project of a cross-media platform about Italian identities.
Cover photo taken from "Wine Odyssey" official Facebook page