“On the road with Stuart Pigott” – Weinwunder Deutschland 2 is coming!

At 15:30 CET on Saturday, January 7th the first showing of the second series of Weinwunder Deutschland begins on BR3 (it continues each Saturday at the same time for 6 weeks, those who cannot recieve BR3 go to the Bayerischer Rundfunk website, www.br.de) As with the first series the subject is the darmatic development of German wine since the turn of the century. Each programme has a different theme, but every time we ask the same two question: What has happened ? Why ? As in the first series we always try to answer these serious questions in an entertaining manner. Unfortunately I cannot provide you with an english translation of the lengthy article which Weinwunder Deutschland co-author and  director Alexander Saran has written, because it would take me a couple of days to translate it. However, here are a selection of photograps which give a good idea of what the whole process of filming our second wine wonder was like.

Jürgen Hofmann of Weingut Hofmann in Appenheim/Rheinhessen, Munich wine merchant Guido Walter, myself and Alexander Saran (from left to right) filming our second TV wine wonder

On the road Alexander Saran had to double as make up artist, as here with Horst Sauer of the eponymous wine estate in Escherndorf/Franken (one of Florian Bschorrs best photos!)

Florian Bschorr and Alexander Saran really learnt a lot about wine during our often strenuous (but sometimes highly enjoyable) shooting of the second TV wine wonder

Cameraman-genius Sorin Dragoi and the still perfectionist with the microphone Peter Wuchterl (and yes, we did have to shoot in a train toilet - what smells one suffers in the cause of art!)

And to find out what cameraman Sorin Dragoi I were doing with weightlifting equipment in a Berlin swimming pool you have to wait for the Spätburgunder episode of the second TV wine wonder!

Alexander Saran and our cutter "Holy Ingo" in the final stages of post production work on the second TV wine wonder

Me in the studio speaking the "off" texts, which for me is a sure recipe for a thundering migraine (but as they say, you have to suffer for art!)

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