One of the most endearing features of A Good Year is the location.
If you have a trip planned to Provence you might like to visit some of the areas where the movie was made. A Good Year was filmed in the region of Provence called the Luberon. Hilltop villages, fruit orchards, lavender fields; the Luberon has an abundance of natural beauty and is an area of Provence not to be missed.
And the dialogue,
Fanny Chenal: [Fanny approaches a customer who is behind a raised newspaper] Bonjour. Vous avez choisi?
Max Skinner: [lowers newspaper] I think so.
Fanny Chenal: [recognizing him] You sure you don’t need more time?
Max Skinner: No, I know what I want.
Fanny Chenal: You’re sure?
Max Skinner: Absolutely.
Fanny Chenal: So, what is it to be?
Max Skinner: How’s the soup?
Fanny Chenal: The soup is finished.
Max Skinner: Like my job… The fish?
Fanny Chenal: We’ve run out.
Max Skinner: That’s like me with excuses.
Fanny Chenal: Don’t waste my time. Choose something we have.
Max Skinner: I would like a lifetime spent with an irrational and suspicious goddess, some short-tempered jealousy on the side, and a bottle of wine that tastes like you, a glass that’s never empty.
On Location: A Good Year
Chateau la Canorgue
Chateau la Canorgue, the house Max inherits in the movie, is a working vineyard and is about a mile from the town of Bonnieux. The Chateau is on the road between Bonnieux and the Pont Julien. The movie was filmed inside the chateau and outside in the garden and vineyards.
*Cellar door open in May, June, July, and August, from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 7.00pm and on Saturday from 9.00 am to 12.00 and 2.00 to 7.00pm.
A wonderful scene in the film is when Max and Fanny meet for a first date. An old fashioned movie is playing in the background and their table is in front of a very large basin surrounded by plane trees. This village is tiny and the location beautiful.
*Worth a trip for lunch at La Petite Maison de Cucuron,