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Wineries committed to the Fine Arts

November 11, 2008 | in Tourism

There are many Argentinian wineries that see wine as deeply related to art. In this article, WineSur presents some examples of wineries that have their own Art Galleries and others whose facilities are home to original art pieces.

Bodegas Salentein

Bodegas Salentein, located in the Uco Valley, Mendoza, has a space called Killka, a one-of-a-kind artistic, cultural and gastronomic complex including two exhibition rooms with national and international art pieces, an auditorium, a restaurant and a wine shop, among other amenities.

The Killka Collection is comprised by a selection of paintings by contemporary Argentinian artists as well as Dutch artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The idea underlying this project is to show the deep connections linking Holland and Argentina. Moreover, it has a sculptures yard featuring works by local and international artists.

The Killka Gallery features temporary exhibitions. The most recent one was called "Wine Moments" and its curator was María José Herrera. It displayed European and Argentinian paintings belonging to the collections of the National Fine Arts Museum.

Bodega Casa Vinícola Reyter

This traditional winery was founded in 1888 and is located in Guaymallén department, near to Mendoza’s capital. In 2005, it inaugurated its own Art Gallery, seeking to integrate art pieces into the architecture of the old house, thus making them functional and practical. This space exhibits pieces by renowned painters and sculptors from Mendoza and the country’s interior.

The concept underlying these pieces is that of "Practical Art", conveyed in furniture pieces (chairs, armchairs, banisters, etc.), lamps and an arbor in the backyard, where the tasting of sparkling wine is conducted.

Luigi Bosca

Bodega Luigi Bosca owned by the Arizu family is located in Mayor Drummond, Luján de Cuyo, in Mendoza´s most renowned wine producing area. As part of the tour, which includes the vineyards and the winery, visitors are invited to appreciate the original "Wine Via Crucis", an art project by Mendoza’s artist and winemaker Hugo Leytes which conveys the profound connection between art and wine.

The Via Crucis was made along 13 years and it shows the most important landmarks of the national wine industry. It comprises 14 murals of reinforced concrete, with a polychrome paint. It relates the different steps of the history and production process of wine to the stations of the Christian Via Crucis. Their measures are 1.13m x 51.50 m x 0.21 m.

Antigua Bodega

Antigua Bodega is a winery created through the refurbishment of Bodega El Parque, a traditional winery, located in San Juan province. The renovation works were undertaken by the Chirino family in the 1980s. In October 2004, after a great deal of effort, the winery inaugurated its Art Gallery, a cultural touristic wine complex offering a physical and virtual meeting space for artists and the general public.

Some of the exhibitions that have been hosted by the gallery include: Opening Exhibition, Paintings by Young San Juan Artists, Sculptures by Mendoza’s Sculptor Luis Quesada, Itinerant Exhibition of the Spanish Embassy, among others.

Two years after the gallery’s opening, an extensión of it was inaugurated in Berlin (AB Project Berlín), which continues the trend of joining wine and art and offers a space for great artists and quality wines.

Estancia Colomé

This winery, located in the Calchaquíes Valleys in Salta province, is the country’s oldest. Currently, it is about to inaugurate the James Turrell Hess Art Collection Museum.

This unique initiative covers an area of 1680 square meters. It is the first space exclusively dedicate to the works by California artist James Turrell. It will be a permanent exhibition displaying the evolution of Turrell’s work throughout five decades. The museum will comprise 9 installations as well as various paintings and prints by the artist.

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