THE UNDERWOODS OF NAPA VALLEY
The Underwood’s of Napa Valley is a feature-length film about an African American wine-producing family of four brothers and their grandmother who deal with internal conflicts, complicated love relationships, and obstacles in the competitive wine industry–a story that has rarely, if ever, been reflected on film or television.
Henrietta and Frank Underwood worked as sharecroppers in Waco, Texas before moving to Napa, California during the Great Migration in the fifties. They made a modest living growing corn and then switched to growing Cabernet grapes in the eighties. They became independently wealthy after opening Underwood Hills Winery. Although Frank has since passed away, Henrietta has turned over the running of the winery to her eldest grandson, Kenton Underwood. Henrietta’s focus these days, is on marrying off all four of her adult grandchildren to loving spouses, beginning with Kenton. She’s dubbed each one with a character trait.
KENTON UNDERWOOD, is “the protective one.” Protective of his family, Kenton stays busy producing award winning wines while running the family winery and competing with vintners from local and international wineries.
JUSTIN UNDERWOOD, is “the strong one.” He’s a passionate civil rights attorney and a modern day knight in shining armor who fights to protect the woman he loves in court.
CARTER UNDERWOOD, is “the gifted one.” He’s a brilliant, self-centered Silicon Valley billionaire who has suffered burnout and returns home to get a new perspective on life. He’s used to controlling his time, money and heart until he meets Courtney Oliver, the former “Miss Oakland” who makes him realize his heart has a mind of its own, and he can’t tell it who to love.