Bitter Grapes

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While tourists are increasingly going on “Wine Safaris”, this in-depth journalistic documentary will expose how thousands of wine yard workers in South Africa have been illegally evicted and now live in shelter towns in tin-pan houses without toilets, electricity or water.

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Bitter Grapes – Inside the Wine Industry

Bitter Grapes – Inside the Wine Industry

While tourists are increasingly going on “Wine Safaris”, this in-depth journalistic documentary will expose how thousands of wine yard workers in South Africa have been illegally evicted and now live in shelter towns in tin-pan houses without toilets, electricity or water.

Pesticides are used without any kind of protection, and the infamous “Dop-system” from the Apartheid days still exists where workers are paid in bad wine as part of their salary, which results in major abuse of alcohol among the workers. We will investigate the most popular wines from South Africa, sold in huge numbers in Western supermarkets, and we will confront the companies and address the environmental and ethical issues under which the wine is produced.

Director & Producer Tom Heinemann
Produced by Heinemann Media for DR TV
Duration 1 hour
Year of Production 2016
Original Title Bitter Grapes - Inside the Wine Industry
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