Life on The Douro Documentary Now Available on DVD


Life on the Douro is a documentary by Zev Robinson tracing 300 years of history of the Douro wine producing region in Portugal with the direct, living ties with the present. The film is the product of 45 days of filming over the course of five trips in 15 months, and 28 people, many of key figures, were interviewed. Many of the interviewees talk about their family history going back two and three centuries as if they had lived it themselves, in great detail, intimacy and warmth, and often with a great sense of humor as well.  For more information visit Life on the Douro – Facebook page.

You may purchase a copy of the 90 minute video which was released on January 12, 2012 at:





” I’m a Canadian-British filmmaker and artist currently living in Spain and have been working on a series of wine related documentaries over the last three years. What has kept me fascinated about this theme is not so much wine as a beverage but how it embodies, and is the product of, a long history and culture. Everyone subsistence farmers who toil long hours in the hot sun to expensive bottles of wine in the best, air-conditioned restaurants are crucial and intertwined in a complex fabric, and it is that fabric that I am examining. I’ve been lucky to have such fantastic material to work with – the personal stories, the history of the region, and the breath-taking terraces and scenery – all which has lent itself to my concerns of creating a strong story structure and powerful imagery.” Zev Robinson


Preview Part 1 – Video

A preview of my “Life on the Douro” documentary. Still a lot of work to do on it, but I’ll be returning to Porto and the Douro region to film more material, including traveling about a dozen Port wine enthusiast to about a dozen wineries on the “For The Love of Port” week-long tour, giving a variety of perspectives on the region, its wines and its histories.


Preview Part 2- Video

This is the second trailer using material filmed during 23 days on my third and fourth trips to Porto and the Douro region. The fourth trip was with a For the Love of Port tour, arranged specially for my film. Due to be released in September, 2011, the film will deal with the three centuries and current situation of the region and its wines

Preview Part 3 – Video

This is the third trailer for Life on the Douro, this time focusing on the family and other connections that make the region so fascinating, and adding material from my fifth trip there.


Screening for the documentary were held in Canada and the US to rave reviews. More are scheduled for New York City – Spring 2012 –  Dates TBA

  1. Laverne Farinha says:

    My mom said : You know your lazy when you can’t cook to feed your body…Love, Ludevina Farinha

  2. Tia Maria says:

    Ditto to your mom!:)

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