Empire of the Vineyard
Year: 2019
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Waltraud Paschinger

A co-production by ORF, Kwanza, Interspot Film, France 2 and SWR in association with ORF-Enterprise, funded by Austrian Television Fund, Kultur Niederösterreich and Creative Europe Media
Available worldwide except for Germany and France

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

Empire of the Vineyard

Die Wunderbare Welt des Weingartens

A well-tended vineyard nurtures the quality of a wine over generations. But its micro-world is a battleground, an animal empire fought over in hundreds of tiny dramas every day. The irresistible smell of fresh vine- leaves tempts  deer out of the woods in spring. European and Asian ladybugs swarm out of their underground colony to help save the vines from aphids, but are themselves attacked by ants that 'milk' the aphids for nourishment. Fox-cubs and young rabbits play together, but within weeks the tables turn and the furry playmates become prey.  An ant-lion larvae lies in wait in its sandy pit for insect prey, while buzzards scan the soil for mice and hamsters. In the South of France the cat-like genet, the top vineyard predator, dines on rabbits, lizards, snakes and even unwary blackbirds, before finishing with a dessert of ripe grapes.

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