Artistic Notes

Art and Wine

The relationship between art and wine goes back many centuries with ancient Grecians having wine praised by poets, artists and historians, and so as wine has told its story over many centuries so has art. Hence the interdependence on the two! Whenever I travel I love to visit wineries and also look at the artists that had a relationship with the winery during its history. From the hot new contemporary art scene springing up in South Africa and seen at locations like Holden Manz in Franschoek, and Delaire Graff featuring artists such as Cecil Sknotes, Lionel Smit, William Kentridge , Luhandri Bekker,Simon Annand and Dylan Lewis, to the Basque regions with of course the Guggenheim’s Richard Serra and Anselm Kiefer and Museum of Fine Arts with works by Mary Cassatt, Gaughin, and El Greco. 

Most recently I visited a winery in the Medoc region of Bordeaux, called Chateau Pedesclaux, a winery that has gone under a very contemporary kind of regeneration. The building itself was stunning, a masterclass in architecture all attributed to Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Light and airy, the Chateau is encased in glass, and on the inside rooms seamlessly blend traditional touches with full on contemporary treatment. 

The main visitor areas featured work from inventive French artist Fabrice Hyber (Born 1961 and studied at the School of Fine Arts Nantes). Known for his playful mixed media work he is often referred to as the ‘’little green man of contemporary art’. In the barrel room emotive sculptures by Vincent Libecq were sensitively poised on top of stacks of wine barrels, bringing a holistic vibe to the experience. 

Picture by Fabrice Hyber