Ridley Scott, of Alien, Blade Runner, A Good Year and Gladiator fame, is one of the most prolific, modern-day film directors, and also one of the most talented. His vision and his knowledge of wine are closer to real life than to cinema.
“My interest in wine dates back a long way, when I was working in advertising in London and had to go to all those business lunches. Also, I have always had wine at home. I suppose my interest in wine comes from being immersed in it for the last 35 to 40 years.
What is my favourite wine? My own! I am not a connoisseur. I’m just a drinker of average wine who was able to buy his own vineyard. I bought a house in the Luberon 23 years ago which already had a vineyard. I then spent four months filming in the Luberon. It was the best time I’d ever spent there.
A lot of people pay a lot of attention to the quality of wines. In France there are the major, classic wine regions. Châteauneuf is just 40 kilometres away from my home. But there are also countless charming wine regions that are less risky financially if things take a turn for the worst. And experience helps you get over the effects of a bad season. It’s almost as if we now know how to avoid the worst, to a certain degree”.