In 2012 he made a documentary – Les Terroiristes du Languedoc - about this dynamic region, the enormous diversity and potential of its terroirs, and 12 of its pioneering producers.
The film will be premiered in Montpellier (Languedoc's capital city), at 7.45pm on Sunday January 27, 2013, at the Diagonal cinema (5, rue de Verdun, 34000 Montpellier), followed by a tasting with the 12 winegrower-stars.
After visiting Languedoc in 2011 and early 2012, Ken selected twelve winemakers and their vineyards to feature in his film. They are from a broad range of areas across the region and they farm their grapes on multiple terroirs, using a variety of methods and practices. He filmed them in May, during budbreak, and in September, during the harvest.
The focus of the documentary is the region's diverse terroirs; its viticultural methods (including organic, biodynamic, and sustainable); winemaking innovations; the economic realities of wine growing; and the highly-committed producers who have chosen to make wine here.
The twelve winegrowers featured in the film are:
John & Nicole Bojanowski (Le Clos du Gravillas, in St Jean de Minervois)
Says Ken Payton: “The over-arching objective of my film Les Terroiristes du Languedoc is to entertain, educate and inform an international audience of wine lovers, educators and influencers about the new reality of Languedoc-Roussillon: this is a region of innovation, creativity and wines of exceptionally high quality, born out of an unrivalled diversity of terroirs and wine growing methods, enhanced by strong environmental stewardship.”
Les Terroiristes du Languedoc will be available on DVD and online in 2013. A Facebook page facebook.com/LesTerroiristesDuLanguedoc shows some of the behind-the-scenes shots taken during filming.
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About Ken Payton
Ken shot his first feature-length (100 minutes) documentary, Mother Vine, in Portugal in 2010. A second documentary followed: Azores, From Lava To Wine.
Both films dealt with the changing wine culture in mainland Portugal and the Azores. Generational succession, endangered grape varieties and vineyards, and international marketing were examined.
Mother Vine has been shown at a number of events wine and film festivals in 2011 (Santa Rosa International Film Festival, New York Wine Salon, Wines of Portugal tasting in Washington D.C., Travessia Winery, New Bedford (Massachusetts), Festival Amadis du Film (Fest'AFilm), Montpellier, and in 2012 it won two prizes* at the Oenovidéo International Grape and Wine Film Festival.'