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Like the Old Vine

Documentary about Miljenko “Mike” Grgich wins Special Award at Oenovideo 2013

“Like the Old Vine” describes how famed winemaker achieved his American Dream

Like the Old Vine (Kao Stara Loza),” a documentary about the life of Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, is the winner of the Grand Jury’s Special Award at the 20th annual Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival in Carcassonne-Minervois, France.


From May 30 to June 2, 2013, judges and festival goers viewed 26 films from 14 countries at this international meeting of the worlds of cinema and wine in the medieval city of Carcassonne, France. Mike Grgich and the documentary’s Director, Milka Barišić, will join the other winners to be presented the Cep d’Or Trophy in the French Senate at the Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, France on September 27, 2013.

Mike gave a tip of his famous beret to thank the jury for picking his documentary, saying with a grin, “Just think, 37 years after the 1976 Paris Tasting, the French once again declare Mike Grgich the winner!”

Like the Old Vine describes Mike Grgich’s extraordinary life, achievements and how his “American Dream” became a reality.  The documentary also shows some interesting unpublished facts about the 1976 Paris Tasting.  Like the Old Vine was filmed by Croatian Radiotelevision in the Napa Valley, Mike’s birthplace in Desne, Croatia, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., where on exhibit are his signature French beret and a bottle of the 1973 Chardonnay he crafted – the ‘champion’ of the 1976 Paris Tasting. The movie has been shown on national TV in Croatia and premiered in the United States on November 7 at the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival.

A DVD of Like the Old Vine, though not for sale, is available at the winery to customers who purchase six bottles or more at the winery or online at

Click here to see a trailer for the movie.

Pierce Carson of the Napa Valley Register described the movie and Mike’s accomplishments at the kickoff of the Napa Valley film festival. Read the article here.


Miljenko “Mike” Grgich is interviewed at the US premier of “Like the Old Vine” with the help of daughter Violet Grgich.