Today in London bidding opens to collectors around the world on Sothebys Wines
online sale of limited-edition bottles of Tuscan estate Ornellaias 2017 vintage. To celebrate the 12th edition of the winerys Vendemmia dArtista, Ornellaia invited Tomás Saraceno, the acclaimed Argentinian artist, to interpret the character of the estates 2017 wine, Solare (Radiant), and personalise a series of 111 large format bottles, in addition to creating a special label available in each case containing six 75cl bottles. Comprising 12 lots, featuring 12 Imperials and the unique 1 of 1 Salmanazar, and a series of experiences, the auction will remain open for bidding until Wednesday 9 September.
Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sothebys Wine, commented: We are delighted to collaborate on our tenth auction with Ornellaias exceptional Vendemmia dArtista project, having enjoyed spectacular events over the past decade in New York, Hong Kong, London, Toronto, Basel, Los Angeles and Venice. For the second consecutive year, the special auction celebrating the 2017 Solare will be offered online. The sublime marriage of art and wine in these unique large format bottles is a winning combination that will prove enticing to collectors around the world.
With the issue of environmental sustainability close to Ornellias heart, the decision to enter a creative partnership with Tomás Saraceno, an artist renowned for his interactive installations that allude to sustainable ways of living, proved to be perfectly aligned. In creating artwork interpreting the radiance of Ornellaias 2017 vintage, the artist sought inspiration from the Sun and Earth. His site-specific installation, created for the estate, consists of glass spheres resembling clouds, which form a magical floating city powered by the heat of the sun. A take on this concept is the sculpture Pneuma 4.21x105, a small-scale version of which floats atop the impressive 9-litre Salmanazar, tethered to the neck of the bottle the prize lot of the sale. The large-formats depict various phases of a solar eclipse, and all the labels, including those on the 75cl bottles, are thermo-chromic, allowing them to change colour with the heat from ones hand an interactive solicitation from Saraceno for us to ponder humankinds impact on the planet.
Every year since the release of Ornellaia 2006 in May 2009, a contemporary artist has created a site-specific work of art and a series of limited-edition labels as part of the Vendemmia dArtista project. In 2019, Ornellaia announced its support of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation as part of a three year partnership which will see the expansion of the museums innovative programme, Mind's Eye, developed by its education department in 2008 to help individuals who are blind or have low vision experience art through all their senses. The final sum raised to support Minds Eye through the sale of these exclusive large formats will be announced by Ornellaia after the online auction draws to a close.