Under the Vines season 1: release date, plot, cast interview
Under the vines on Acorn TV is a show that sparkles and bursts with romance and possibility as it sees two mismatched townspeople reunited when they inherit a failing New Zealand vineyard.
Here is our complete guide to the six-part sun-spotted comedy-drama with an exclusive interview with Downton abbey star Charles Edwards …
‘Under the vines’ – intrigue
Inheriting a vineyard in New Zealand may seem like a dream come true, but for stuffy London lawyer Louis Oakley, it’s a living nightmare he wants to put a stop to.
Charles Edwards (Downton abbey, The crown) and Rebecca Gibney (The Flying Doctors, Wanted to) stars as the cheeky couple Bottle Louis and effervescent Sydney socialite Daisy Munroe.
These two lost souls are reunited in Acorn TV’s new six-part lightweight series when they jointly inherit Oakley Winery after the death of Louis Stanley’s uncle, who was also Daisy’s stepfather.
Release date of season 1 of “Under the Vines”
Under the vines lands on Acorn TV starting Monday, January 2022. Episodes 1 and 2 are available from Monday, January 10, then new episodes of the six-part series will be available each week on Monday. We will update its availability in the US and globally.
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Is there a trailer for season 1 of “Under the Vines”?
Yes, there is a very entertaining trailer for Under the vines Season 1! Enjoy this taste of the sparkling new series below.
Interview ‘Under the Vines’ – Charles Edwards on Louis meeting Daisy …
Louis flies to Queenstown and sets out to try and sell the dilapidated vineyard cheaply and quickly. He can’t wait to get home, even though his marriage and career are in tatters, and he’s gone viral for undressing while drunk in Piccadilly Circus! Daisy, however, has other ideas …
“Louis receives a call telling him that his uncle Stanley has passed away and that he is the sole heir to his vineyard. But when Louis flies to Queenstown and meets Stanley’s daughter-in-law Daisy at the airport, he realizes that “the only heir” is not the key phrase! Explains Charles Edwards, who was editor-in-chief of the newspaper Michael Gregson in Downton abbey and now play Louis in Under the vines.
“He’s attracted to Daisy, but when it becomes apparent that they’re linked in this inextricable way, he can tell he’s going to get checked out!”
Charles Edwards on Louis trying, and failing, to take over
After a quick review of Stanley’s finances, Louis is determined to sell Oakley. Tasting of the ‘BT’ wine from the vineyard [bloody terrible!] makes up his mind completely and accepts an offer from the neighboring wine producers, Marissa (Sarah Peirse) and Don (John Bach).
Daisy, meanwhile, begins to feel remorse for how she absorbed Stanley’s money and never visited him …
“When they examine this apparent dump in the middle of nowhere, he is anxious to sell it and get out. But Daisy has more of a vision, ”reveals Charles.
“Daisy had this long term and very distant relationship with her stepfather Stanley and after a while she started sending him a gift basket every year just like we all do with some of our loved ones. I think subconsciously she is looking for something else.
Charles Edwards on his personal life in “Under The Vines”
Before meeting Daisy, she had a difficult and rootless life in Sydney, while Louis’ family life and professional career were in disarray …
“His marriage to Simone (Shortland Street star Sara Wiseman) is rocky. But he feels obligated to make it work for their son Julian (TV newcomer Sam Gardner). He also makes fun of his business partner, who embezzles funds, ”explains Charles Edwards, 52, who plays Louis.
“Daisy is also at a crossroads. Something that Bec is very keen on implanting in the character is that she is at an age where she had the responsibilities, she likes younger men, she is a socialite, who makes donations to charities – checks bounce back! – but she knows deep down that her life is a little empty.
“In New Zealand, Daisy realizes this and is inspired to transform Oakley Winery. Louis is lost and needs guidance, so he accepts it. He would never admit it, but he’s intrigued and a fan of her, basically!
Charles Edwards on the set
Under the vines Season 1 was filmed on location in Central Otago, New Zealand, in 2021.
“We were based on the South Island and toured between February and April of last year. It was like stepping into another world. It is a beautiful and true vineyard. They invaded the vines and made it more shabby than for the shoot, “reveals Charles.
“Throughout the series, you’ll see that it gradually improves as we discover that this lovely run down place has potential. On the weekends we did a bit of ‘research’ and enjoyed some of the local produce! “
‘Under the Vines’ season 1 – other characters and who else is playing
As soon as Louis and Daisy land in New Zealand, they encounter a host of characters, including the hapless lawyer Vic, two very different Oakley employees – the optimistic employee Gus and the enigmatic Tippy, as well as the married couple Don. and Marissa, who intend to own Oakley.
“Avocado Vic is played by Cohen Holloway (Top of the lake) and he’s tirelessly hilarious, very funny and very warm, ”says Charles.
“Tippy vineyard employee (killer sofa star Trae Te Wiki) continues to appear and scare Louis and Daisy. She’s a mystery but has magical bones when it comes to wine. Other employee Gus (Golden boy‘s Simon Mead) is extremely adorable and could solve all of their problems if only they let him!
“Then there is Don (Irish Jack star John Bach) and Marissa (Sweet tooth‘s Sarah Peirse), the king and queen of the region. They are successful wine producers and they have an eye on Oakley. They need to be knocked down!
‘Under The Vines’ season 1 – behind the scenes
In more than one scene, Louis loses his legs. Most memorable? When he goes viral after being filmed drunk as Lord and running naked through Piccadilly Circus, which has earned him the nickname “Piccadilly Willy”.
“Louis has got into the habit of drinking, which he appreciates! But that causes him trouble, “laughs Charles. “It was very funny filming the [naked Piccadilly Circus] footage in a disused airport lounge in New Zealand wearing what is called a modesty pouch – a bit of old stockings with duct tape on them. Glamor!
“I really like to play drunk. I stagger forward to shift my focus, then try to focus on something!
Charles Edwards on the pandemic set of ‘Under the Vines’ in New Zealand in 2021
The cast and crew followed strict pandemic protocol while filming.
“It was a bubble within a bubble. New Zealand itself was a bubble because it was Covid-free and then we had our show bubble. It was a curious but joyful experience, ”says Charles.
“We went to an outdoor concert to see Crowded House on a beautiful, warm night. I sent a video to a friend of mine in England and he said “It’s like a message from the future”. I loved the way he said that.
Will there be a season 2 of “Under The Vines”?
Yes! As the series progresses, Louis and Daisy become more and more engaged in Oakley Winery and the lovable characters of the set, so there will be a season 2 of Under the vines.
“It’s a charming and warm world to enter. Even though it’s a fish out of water story, it’s different, and it’s in the writing, the humor, and the great actors. It’s funny and touching, ”says Charles.
“You have two lost souls connecting. It’s inspiring in a way. I’m very excited to be back in February to film the second series. Louis may need to relax a bit!
What viewers can expect from season 2 of “Under the Vines” …
Excerpt from the press release: “The second season will see adorable socialite Daisy Monroe and London lawyer Louis Oakley continue to run the Otago cellar they inherited. They also have to deal with their feelings for each other, but love, like fine wine, is always complicated.
“Along the way, Tippy (Trae Te Wiki), the up-and-coming winemaker of Oakley Wines, faces her own challenges when a French rockstar is hired by a rival winery.
“Production on the six-episode second season will begin in early 2022 in scenic Central Otago, New Zealand.”
Star and Executive Producer Rebecca Gibney said, “I am more than delighted that we have been tasked with starting Season 2 of Under the vines before it even airs. This shows tremendous confidence in our series and I am very grateful to Acorn TV and TVNZ for their incredible support.
“To have the opportunity to work with the talented Charles Edwards and show not only the incredible talent here in New Zealand, but the majesty of the South Island location was such a gift and I have no doubt that season 2 will bring as much joy and heart this time around.
“Under the vines” – what else do we know
Under the vines is created and co-written by Erin White (The problems of others, doctor doctor, The Prime Minister’s daughter) and produced by Libertine Pictures (Daffodils, Mystical) and EQ Media Group (Irish Jack, doctor doctor) in association with Hardy White Pictures. Acorn TV owns all rights worldwide except for TVNZ in New Zealand.