Brand new TV show being filmed at winery in Niagara-On-The-Lake

 

Since Niagara Region wineries are considered to be some of the most beautiful and scenic properties in all of the province, it was only a matter of time before one went, well, Hollywood.

In fact, not only has a Tinsel Town film crew descended upon Paul Bosc’s Niagara-on-the-Lake winery Chateau des Charmes, they have been busy transforming it for the purposes of an upcoming TV show into a Napa Valley establishment.

“I guess that’s the magic of Hollywood in that they are a very transformative industry.” chuckled Bosc. “They brought in palm trees and other small California touches and it’s all been very remarkable to see.”

His winery will be the setting of the TV show “Kings of Napa,” which focuses on the sibling rivalry and day-to-day drama of the fictional winery-owning King family. The show, being filmed for Warner Bros. TV and is slated to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Network in early 2022.

But every TV show needs a set and establishing shots so the week has been an exciting one for Bosc and his 14-year-old son, Alex. We caught up to him on June 9, halfway through the week-long shooting schedule (June 7-11) on his property and it became immediately apparent that both father and son were in awe of the whole thing.

“They’re using $80,000 drones with $50,000 cameras mounted on them,” he laughed, “so Alex (who took the day off online school) is having the time of his life today with all these high-tech things around us. The director, Matthew Cherry, is a former NFL player and Alex is a big football fan. So, yeah, he’s pretty excited.”

Not that there aren’t a few on-set toys for Dad to admire. “I’m looking out front right now at a vintage Rolls Royce, Range Rovers, Mercedes Benz, just extraordinary vehicles. I’m staring at several million dollars worth of cars parked on my driveway.”

As Bosc understands it, the location scouting through the Niagara wine region was extensive for the production company. “(Eventually), they got it down to a ‘short-list’ and when I saw the other names, I was pretty impressed because I know the other properties and all of them are quite beautiful.”

He guesses Chateau des Charmes got the final nod because “we have pristine and expansive vineyards on our property.”

After all the Provincial lockdowns and 14-month run of Covid restriction, the Hollywood crew landing on his doorstep was a welcome relief.

“Our industry has really taken it on the chin over the past 14 months. With the restaurants closing down and the tourism industry, which is our bread-and-butter, stopped cold.” While he didn’t wish to get into the specifics of the compensation the production company delivered to him for use of his property, he did note that it was a “welcome relief. The past year has been tough on us all.”

But in the middle of his Hollywood week, he asked, “How often are you blessed enough with an opportunity like this? If I sound star-struck, it’s because I am. It’s really fascinating to be behind the scenes for something like this.

Photo courtesy of Chateau des Charmes’s official Facebook page

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