From PLONK to Hollywood glamour, SA wine industry has it all

16 March 2015

"South Australia is to wine what Hollywood is to movies,” gushed Joshua Tyler, one of the stars of PLONK, a satirical wine show that takes a comedic and insightful look into the trials and tribulations of making of a serious lifestyle program.

Plonk stars the Chaser’s Chris Taylor, Barossa-born Joshua Tyler and Nathan Earl. Season one was an internet sensation and South Australia will feature prominently in season two.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the Government met with PLONK producers, One Stone Pictures, in late 2014 in a bid to have season two filmed in South Australia.

“The show is quirky, irreverent and creative and plays beautifully to South Australia’s strengths. We had a fantastic time filming with Chris, Joshua and Nathan,” Mr Bignell said.

“South Australia is the food and wine capital of Australia. It was only fitting for PLONK to film in our State and shine the spotlight on our inspiring wine stories. We have such an incredible spectrum of wines on offer from the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Clare, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills and Adelaide and the crew has been filming across these regions during the past few weeks.

“South Australian wineries, restaurants, events and winemakers feature heavily throughout the six episode series, showcasing our regions and experiences to a national and international audience.

“As well as a host of top Australian winemakers, the program will feature cameos from food legend Maggie Beer, celebrity sommelier Matt Skinner, comedian Greg Fleet and Premier Jay Weatherill.

“The South Australian wine industry has some of the most interesting stories to tell and to hear them from our wine personalities will leave a lasting impression.”

Nathan Earl, creator of PLONK confirmed “wine regions don’t come bigger, bolder and more diverse than South Australia. We were thrilled that the Government could see the merits of PLONK and invited us into their amazing state to film.”

PLONK Co-Executive Producer Georgie Lewin added, "the wine industry is full of incredible characters all willing and ready to have a laugh at the industry they love. We were honoured to be able to meet, consult and work alongside such passionate and dedicated winemakers to produce PLONK series two.

And Chris Taylor explained “I was mortified when I was not asked to be on ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ but doing another season of PLONK was the next best thing. I’ve met some amazing winemakers, discovered some delicious wines and seen some stunning South Australian scenery.”

The series also includes a number of guest cameos including, Yalumba Wines Chairman Robert Hill Smith, Famed d’Arenberg winemaker Chester Osborn and wine icon Stephen Henschke.

PLONK Season Two will premiere exclusively on STAN in June 2015.

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

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