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Announcement of Ornellaia 2019 “Il Vigore” and the 14th edition of Vendemmia d’Artista


The vigor of the vines interpreted through the visual brilliance of the artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg

New York, NY, February 10, 2022 – Ornellaia, one of the world’s iconic wine estates, is delighted to unveil Il Vigore (“Vigor”), Artista’s latest Vendemmia dedicated to Ornellaia 2019 and described by Estate Director Axel Heinz: “’Il Vigore ‘ is the strength of good vine growth. It is the active vigor of mind and body. It is the character of a wine that captivates the senses and projects flavor into a natural landscape of energy, power, strength and vitality. The flavors, aromatic nuances and body of the wine transport it to a spiritual dimension, where the power of nature is at the center of the experience. The 2019 vintage served as an inspiration, characterized by highly variable conditions interspersed with cold spells and humidity and long periods of heat and drought. After a changeable spring and an almost perfect summer, the lower temperatures at the end of September gave wines of great finesse and aromatic abundance. It is a powerful, mysterious and intriguing wine, the first sip of which does not reveal all its facets, but envelops the palate, curious to grasp its myriad nuances.

Artista’s Vendemmia project was born from this inspiration to celebrate each year the uniqueness of each season. Some of these exquisite labels will be up for sale at Sotheby’s online auction scheduled for October 5-19.and, 2022 before being delivered to happy collectors. Since 2019, profits have been donated to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to support the innovative Mind’s Eye program.

Jamie Ritchie, Global Director of Sotheby’s Wine, explains: “Vendemmia d’Artista d’Ornellaia is a pioneering project, which involves the combination of wine and art to support charities. This month of October will be our 14th collaboration with the estate on this exceptional project. When we started this adventure, we had no idea that it would lead to a multitude of charitable projects in the world of wine. Our customers around the world always look forward to the opportunity to participate in the auction and purchase unique bottles, knowing that they are supporting a worthy cause that facilitates access to art for blind and visually impaired people. . The association between the extraordinary wines of the estate and the visual brilliance of the participating artists has proven to be an irresistible couple, which will shine this year for the 2019 vintage, “Il Vigore”, with the creations of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. .”

The chosen artists have based their work on the theme of metamorphosis, the cycles of nature and its transformation, as well as the relationship between man and the earth. These concepts are expressed in a project that evolves from the design developed for the 750 ml and 3 liter labels to the sculptures for the large 6 liter and 9 liter formats.

The finger, represented on the 750 ml label, which leaves an imprint on the earth, is a beautiful representation of wine, which arouses curiosity and the desire to gradually reveal itself before leaving a tangible imprint in a long tasting. In the glass, connoisseurs discover the energy that nature gives to plants and to man, but in particular to the region that expresses itself like blood: the blood of “Il Vigore”.

Estate winemaker Olga Fusari describes the 2019 Ornellaia as “having a deep ruby ​​red color, with a rich bouquet of intriguing spicy and balsamic notes, including aromas of black pepper, sage and herbs. wine is full-bodied and vibrant on the palate, filling the palate with its dense, elegant tannins, and ending with a lingering and wonderfully refreshing finish.

The sums collected within the framework of the Vendemmia d’Artista project make it possible to extend the program to all the museums of the Guggenheim constellation (New York, Venice, Bilbao). “Ornellaia’s generosity has enabled the expansion of Mind’s Eye, connecting participants around the world through virtual programs,” said Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. “Our learnings over the past three years have enabled the Guggenheim to increase accessibility to both the location and the artworks through multi-sensory exploration. We are grateful for Ornellaia’s continued support.

Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja, CEO of Ornellaia Estate, is also delighted to state that “Since introducing Vendemmia d’Artista in 2009, we have donated over $2 million to charity. It is extremely gratifying to see the project expand internationally and to know that the work we do empowers blind and visually impaired people to experience contemporary art through the senses.

About Ornellaia –

The name Ornellaia is synonymous with fine winemaking and an authentic expression of the beauty of Tuscany. The estate is located along the Tuscan coast, a short distance from the medieval town of Bolgheri and the iconic cypress lined approach. Ornellaia Bolgheri DOC Superiore and Ornellaia Bianco are the best wines of the estate, followed by the second wine Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia, Le Volte dell’Ornellaia and the white Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia. In just over thirty years (Ornellaia’s first vintage dates back to 1985), the team’s dedication, along with the optimal soil and microclimate, has garnered critical acclaim and public acclaim in Italy and abroad.

About Artista’s Vendemmia

Artista’s Ornellaia Vendemmia project celebrates the exclusivity of each new Ornellaia vintage. Each year, beginning with the release of Ornellaia 2006 in May 2009, a contemporary artist creates a site-specific artwork and a set of limited-edition labels, inspired by a word chosen by the estate’s director, Axel Heinz, to describe the personality of the new vintage.

An artist-designed label appears on one of the six 750ml bottles in each case of Ornellaia. As in previous years, the project includes a limited edition of 111 large format bottles (100 Jeroboams – 3 litres, 10 Imperiales – 6 liters and 1 Salmanazar – 9 litres) numbered and personally signed by the artist. Each year, a selection of these bottles are auctioned off by Sotheby’s and the proceeds are donated to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s Mind’s Eye program.

About the “Mind’s Eye” program

The “Mind’s Eye” program, created by the Guggenheim Department of Education, helps blind or visually impaired visitors experience art using all of the senses. This approach promotes the development of creative impressions, emotional connections and memories, the perception of which endures over time. As in art, the appreciation of good wine requires the involvement of all the senses. It is this common idea that led Ornellaia to support the development of this particular program. Donations collected through Artista’s Ornellaia Vendemmia project allow the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to continue the activities of the “Mind’s Eye” program aimed at disseminating the model to other artistic institutions, ensuring that its excellence continues to guide museum programming for the benefit of blind and visually impaired people around the world.