UNDER THE VINES is a showcase for the luscious New Zealand wine country. It is a sweet, charming soap story with romance, some drama, and comedic moments. It is not a series for everyone. It runs at a slower pace with much push and pulling until the characters make the right choices. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the second season of UNDER THE VINES. The writers know how to share the backstories of the entire ensemble yet still leave many unanswered questions for future episodes. There is a real “family” kind of feeling at the Oakly Vineyard. It makes me want to travel across the world, visit, and stay for a while. 

The chemistry between Daisy (Rebecca Gibney) and Louis (Charle Edwards) gives the show its “oomph. They are continually on the cusp of having a real romance, but as everyone knows, timing is everything. It is fun to watch and think, “will they or won’t they.” It never gets old because of their engaging acting abilities. They make their goofs look effortless, and that just leads to more laughs. 

UNDER THE VINES is a delightful series about love, friendship, and of course, creating the best wine. The season ended on a big cliffhanger. I can’t wait to find out what’s in store for the ensemble. It is easy to watch and a joy to share with someone special. And don’t forget to bring your own glass of wine. 

UNDER THE VINE is available to stream on ACORN. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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