Wine production in Cambodia
(11 Aug 2010)
Chan Thay Chhoueng winery, 15kms west of Battambang City, April 14th - 15th 2010
1. Mid shot of woman pouring wine
2. Wide shot of tourists tasting wine
3. Mid shot of tourists tasting wine
4. SOUNDBITE (Khmer) Leng Chan Thol, Winemaker:
First of all they said that we cannot grow grapes here because it's too hot. Then they said we could not produce a tasty wine like in the foreign countries, but it didn't turn out that way and now it's made our area famous and we get a lot of support from the locals.
5. Tracking shot of Leng Chan Thol pruning vines
6. Tilt up of Leng Chan Thol pruning vines
7. Wide shot of Leng Chan Thol pruning vines
8. Mid shot of woman pruning vines
9. Wide shot of tractor driving through grape vines
10. Mid shot of farm worker driving tractor
11. Close shot over shoulder of farm worker driving tractor
12. Set up shot Chan Thai Chhoeung
13. SOUNDBITE (Khmer) Chan Thai Chhoeung, Winemaker:
I studied wine production very closely and I soon realized that local grapes would never make good wine. That's when I had the idea of using importing vine cuttings. I asked my brother who lives in Toulouse, France and he sent me vine cuttings for Cabernet and Shiraz.
14. Mid shot of grape juice stored in big water bottles
15. Mid shot of stainless steel wine vats
16. Close shot of dog sleeping under wine vats
17. Wide shot of shot of Chan Thai Chhoeung looking at oak chips
18. Close shot of oak chips
19. Mid shot of Chan Thai Chhoeung putting label on bottle
20. Close shot of Chan Thai Chhoeung putting label on bottle
21. Pan of man paying for wine
22. Pan of people at wine tasting
23. Close shot of woman putting wine bottles into bag
24. Mid shot of photo of Leng Chan Thol greeting King of Cambodia (right)
25. Close shot of photo of Leng Chan Thol greeting King of Cambodia (right)
26. SOUNDBITE (Khmer) Leng Chan Thol, Winemaker:
I'm a bit of a local celebrity around here. Also many people from around the world now know that we produce wine in Cambodia. As you can see we get people from many countries such as America, Australia, Germany�many, many countries.
27. Mid shot of woman at wine tasting with hostess.
28. SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Petra Warmer, Tourist from Utrecht:
In the Netherlands I like to drink French wine, mostly the Cotes Du Rhone which I love and as for this Cambodian wine, it's not bad, it tastes quite nice. I'm pleasantly surprised.
29. Wide shot of restaurant.
30. Set up shot of Frank Sampere
31. SOUNBITE (French) Frank Sampere, Wine expert, Manager of The Wine Restaurant, Phnom Penh:
This is an interesting wine, light and fruity, quite well made. I think it would go well with Cambodian cuisine. It's a very light wine, not full bodied, so you have to drink it at a cool temperature. For a first try this is really good. I think it's really interesting to drink.
32. Mid to close moving shot from people to wine on display
Tourists from around the world flock to France, Australia and California for wine tastings, but have you ever thought of going wine tasting in Cambodia?
Five years ago an impoverished orange grower in the northern province of Battambang decided to give wine making a go, and today he and his family earn a handsome living selling his wine to visitors.
On a hot day in Cambodia, winemaker Leng Chan Thol serves her light-bodied red wine to customers.
The locally grown wine is a curiosity.
With its heavy monsoon rains and intense heat, Cambodia is not a country normally associated with red wine production, so initially any people thought they were mad to start a local wine business.
Leng Chan Thol remembers the difficulties she encountered at the start.
Each label is applied individually by hand.
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