Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hallmark Channel begins Production on "Summer in the Vineyard" starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Brendan Penny,

Hallmark Channel Press Release...



Part of the Network’s Annual “Summer Nights” Programming Event

STUDIO CITY, CA – June 15, 2017 – Principal photography began this week in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia on the romantic comedy “Summer in the Vineyard.” The film reunites Rachael Leigh Cook (“Perception”) and Brendan Penny (“Motive”) who reprise their roles as Frankie Baldwin and Nate DeLuca. The movie will premiere during Hallmark Channel’s annual “Summer Nights” programming event, featuring four new, original movie premieres celebrating the fun and carefree days of summer.

The movie is the follow up to the successful “Autumn in the Vineyard,” and continues the romance between Frankie Baldwin (Cook) and Nate DeLuca (Penny). As their first year at Sorrento Farms is coming to a close, they are looking forward to debuting their first vintage wine during the town’s annual ‘Summerfest’ celebration. When the host winery for Summerfest pulls out at the last minute, Nate volunteers Sorrento to replace them, thinking it will be great publicity for their fledgling operation. Frankie, however, is more concerned with whether she can have their first Cabernet ready on time. The pressure is on them both to make a big splash for Sorrento at Summerfest to ensure the viability of their winery going forward. These two headstrong paramours are about to find out if you really can mix business with pleasure, because the course of love never does run smooth when grapes are involved. Then again, if they learn to work together, they just might find that love and wine are the perfect summer combination.

“We are excited to have Rachael and Brendan back in the vineyard for this story that is ultimately about making dreams come true,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity. “’Summer in the Vineyard’ is a wonderful addition to our ‘Summer Nights’ programming that includes four all new, original movies celebrating the fun of the season.”

The movie is produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Head First Productions. Executive producers are Jim Head, Joel S. Rice, Michael Prupas, and Shawn Williamson. Jamie Goehring and Trevor McWhinney are the producers. Martin Wood directs from a script written by Julie Sherman Wolfe based on the book by Marina Adair.


Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 90 million homes. As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.” Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls,” “The Middle,” “Last Man Standing,” and “Frasier.”

Hallmark Cards, Inc. owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.

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My Take:

When a sequel is made, it is always refreshing to see so many original cast members return. From "Autumn in the Vineyard" (2016) to "Summer in the Vineyard" (2017)... returning cast members for this Hallmark movie include: Rachael Leigh Cook, Brendan Penny, Jeremy Guilbaut, and Marcus Rosner.

As mentioned above, in Hallmark's release, this sequel/teleplay was written by screen writer Julie Sherman Wolfe. If you, like me, have loved any of her other Hallmark movies, including "The Birthday Wish," "Wedding Bells," etc... then I'm sure we are in for another treat and will also enjoy this one, as well!

Many members of the “Summer in the Vineyard” cast have been sharing some fun on-the-set images while filming...

 on set - "Summer in the Vineyard"
Rachael Leigh Cook, Tegan Moss, Lindsay Pilkey - set image via: instagram
set image via: instagam
on set - "Summer in the Vineyard"
 Brendan Penny, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tegan Moss, and Marcus Rosner
image via: instagram
on set - "Summer in the Vineyard"
Jeremy Guilbaut, Brendan Penny, and Marcus Rosner image via: instagram

Hmmmmm??? I'm seeing a lot of lovely white in the vineyard... could this possibly mean there's a wedding in the vineyard?

Guess, we will have to wait, watch, and see! I hope many of you will join me in looking forward to seeing the sequel "Summer in the Vineyard" during Hallmark Channel's "Summer Nights" event!


  1. What are the other movies part of "Summer Nights"?

    1. Great question, AMK! We know of four Hallmark Channel "Summer Nights" movies so far... "Love at the Shore," "At Home in Mitford," "Summer in the Vineyard," and "Sun, Sand and Romance."

      Initially, it was announced there would be 6 "Summer Nights" movies... so we will have to wait and see if they decide to add two more!

  2. Hey, Net, I really enjoyed "Autumn In The Vineyard"! Rachael and Brendan are such a cute couple and I know I can't wait for "Summer In The Vineyard"! Oh, look, there's our cutie Marcus again; glad he's in the sequel too!!

  3. Autumn in the Vineyard was one of my favorites from last year. I've been anticipating this one. Rachel and Brendan worked so well together.

  4. Countdown to Love is part of Summer Night Movie for Hallmark Channel

    I can't wait to watch it

  5. This movie is seasonal in vineyard

    1) Autumn in the Vineyard
    2) Summer in the Vineyard
    3) Winter in the Vineyard
    4) Spring in the Vineyard

    Expect for Christmas in the Vineyard

  6. I love Rachel and Brendan pairing! Sequel is usually not as good as the first, but i'm actually looking forward to this!

  7. why is the father charles baldwin played by another actor?

    1. That is a good question, Randy. My guess is... perhaps Tom Butler's schedule would not allow him to be in it. Since he also stars in "Chesapeake Shores" and that was also filming at the same time as "Summer in the Vineyard," that could have been a factor in his availability, or in this case, his unavailability.

    2. I was watching the movie and was like "that isn't Frankie's dad". I paused the movie, turned on Autumn in the Vineyard and FF to her father and confirmed to myself. I thought I was going crazy. I guess Ali Liebert wasn't available either cause they mentioned Marco broke up with her. But based on the books, the Summer was supposed to be about Marco and Lexi.


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