This winery began in the 1980s as a collaboration between a wine maker, Joe Benzinger, and an artist, Bob Nugent. They agreed that as Joe experimented with rare and innovative blends, Bob would create beautiful and interesting labels. Soon, Bob began selecting other artists to participate, and over the past 30 years he curated a collection including artist from all of the world.
The artists are given free range, with the exception that they have to include the Parthenon structure somewhere on the label. Often this becomes a game, connoisseurs in the know searching to locate the hidden building. Read the history here.
Bob Nugent retired recently, and the new curator, Kara Lynae, is now beginning a collection in which my painting will be featured. The winery has a gallery where they display the original works for wine tasters to enjoy at their leisure.
My painting was selected to adorn the 2016 Teroldego, which will be released in summer 2019. Keep an eye out for updates!