Dr. Richard Hamilton, the owner of Leconfield Wines, Australia’s oldest family-owned winemaking business, has just won a Silver Dolphin at the 2018 Cannes Media and TV Awards in Cannes for his film ‘WineLine2 – Odyssey’.
The film received the Silver Dolphin award in the Documentary section of the Cannes Media and TV Awards – the top award for the section.  Dr. Hamilton and many people involved in Leconfield Wines attended the event in Cannes to represent Australia and the Australian wine industry.
The film retraces Dr. Richard Hamilton’s father’s footsteps as a young man born into a vineyard and how he grew up and helped to forge one of the country’s most successful winemaking businesses.
View the film here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6hxzLrG4xc

The film chronicles the rich history of the Richard Hamilton family, who have been making wine in the vineyards of South Australia since the 1800’s.  Dr. Hamilton said of the film “the development of the film has grown from the Richard Hamilton family’s unique history in Australian winemaking and my intense desire to tell the story.”  “My family were the pioneer winemakers in the colony of South Australia back in the early 1830s, decades before Australia had even become a Federated nation,” Dr. Hamilton added.

“The film covers the Richard Hamilton family’s journey and remarkable determination to create wine for enjoyment in what would have been, at times, incredibly challenging and confronting circumstances.  “The Richard Hamilton story also inherently highlights Australia’s journey as a nation growing, developing and evolving both socially and technologically.”  WineLine 2 – Odyssey tells the story of Dr. Hamilton’s father, Burton Hamilton. Dr. Richard Hamilton created the film as a personal project, as a way to tell the stories closest to him, and truthfully express his feelings about them.  “The film is really delivered through my eyes following Burton’s footsteps as a young man born in a vineyard, through to adulthood including his travels, work experiences, challenges and finally life as a vigneron and winemaker in Australia; and much more,” Dr. Hamilton said.

“Making the film was quite an empowering and spiritual experience for me and helped me to understand just how hard my father’s life must have been.  I now feel that I know and understand him much better than I did as a young man.”  WineLine 2 – Odyssey, follows hot on the heels of Leconfield’s first film, WineLine – The Hamilton Story, which also achieved immense success.

Winner of the Trophy for The Best International Film at the 22nd Festival Oenovidéo in France 2016, winner of the Bronze Medal for Australian cinematography in 2014, and finalist in the 2015 New York Television and Film Awards, WineLine – The Richard Hamilton Story chronicles the establishment of Leconfield Wines and the lives of the early Hamiltons.  Leconfield encompasses two of South Australia’s leading wine labels, both owned by the Richard Hamilton family:  Leconfield Wines at Coonawarra and Richard Hamilton Wines at McLaren Vale, located in two of the best winemaking districts in Australia.

“I am extremely proud of our unique and strong wine industry heritage which dates back to 1837.  Our family has developed a distinguished international reputation for elegant and delectable wines and has also in the process with innovation, experimentation, and perseverance, helped to establish Australia as one of the world’s leading winemaking countries,” Dr. Hamilton said.