Dudley Brown and Irina Santiago-Brown are mid-life converts to winegrowing and winemaking. After leaving overseas careers in high tech and government to move to Australia they’ve since become fanatical wine industry participants.
Visitors to Rioja can find much more than wine inside the winery walls. Two of the most outstanding examples are the Ontañón Winery and Museum and the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture.
Ontañón’s motto is “Passion for vineyards, passion for wine and passion for art”. To visit the winery and museum just outside Logroño is to immerse oneself in the Pérez Cuevas family’s collection of paintings and sculptures created by artist Miguel Ángel Sainz depicting the role of wine in Greek mythology.
If Malbec is Argentina’s national drink, tango is Argentina’s national art form. And, for lovers of both, there's no better experience to be had in Mendoza than enjoying the month-long Tango along the Wine Route (Tango por los Caminos del Vino) festival.
A glass of Port wine, served in a café that recreates the cosmopolitan and elegant, inspiring and bohemian atmosphere of the 1930s in Paris, expresses the harmonious relationship between art and wine, which stands out from the visit to the exhibition of 100 paintings by Pablo Picasso at Palácio das Artes, located in the capital of Northern Portugal.
Wine making is considered by many to be an art, but many wineries take the theme of art and wine a step further through architecture, art collections, exhibitions, and partnerships with artists in residence. Then there is the wine label and packaging design; so many ways to bring wine and art together.
There’s an energy about some places which simply draws you in - a cheeky, light-hearted and genuine spirit that is simply, enchanting. With its spectacular views over rolling vineyards to the coast and the Lloyd family at the helm, Coriole vineyards is one such place.