October 29, 1969: On this day, Golden Globe winning movie The Secret of Santa Vittoria was released. The film, directed by Stanley Kramer, is about a vineyard town named Santa Vittoria, which hid a preposterous number of Italian wine bottles from its Nazi occupiers during World War II. It is based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Robert Crichton.

October 29, 2005: On this day, Marchesi di Barolo was awarded with the prestigious “Three Glasses” of the Vini d’Italia 2006 for its wine “Barolo Riserva della Casa 99”. The Italian Piedmont region offers different varieties of wine, among which is the titular Barolo, which has been produced by Marchesi di Barolo for more than 100 years.

October 29, 2011: On this day, Coteaux du Quercy AOC was established and named. Coteaux du Quercy is a French appellation for red and rosé wines in an area south of Bordeaux, primarily using Cabernet Franc grapes.

October 29, 2017: On this day, Finché c’è prosecco c’è speranza (in English, The Last Prosecco) was released. The film, directed by Antonio Padovan, follows the investigation of a confounding crime spree involving winemakers in a Prosecco town in the Veneto region of Italy. It is based on Fulvio Ervas’ novel of the same name.

October 29, 2018: On this day, an autonomous grape harvesting machine pulled in a vineyard worker from Napa, killing him. Leon Marcelo Lua, a 49-year-old resident of Napa, was the victim, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. At the time of the mishap, Lua was working at the Deconinck Vineyards of the Beaucanon Winery. He got drawn in while standing near an autonomous harvester that resembled a tractor after a piece of his clothing got stuck in the machinery.

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