Do art and wine mix? Yes, in Tuscany at the Castello di Ama Wine Estate it does. This winery has a beautiful setting, but that is not all. No, it is not only Castello di Ama’s wine or terroir that will capture your attention. What will capture your attention are the art installations throughout the wine estate. Castello di Ama Wine Estate is known for its excellent artistic taste. During our visit to Tuscany we toured this stunning property, did a wine tasting and viewed Castello di Ama’s art installations.
Castello di Ama Landscape
Castello di Ama Art
The art installations at Castello di Ama are very unique. The uniqueness comes from the art being grounded in the space it occupies. Not only did the winery chose artists with great imaginations but, Castello di Ama chose artists whose works connected with the winery’s unique physical environment. Their art installations will enhance a visit to Castello di Ama. Just as a good wine maker works with the terroir, a good artist can also capture the essence of a special space, a terroir d’arte. Next are a few of the art installations that captured our attention during our visit.
Relections onto the Tuscan Landscape
1. First installation that we visited was a work by Daniel Burren. What is fascinating about Daniel Buren’s work is that the art installation of reflective panels captures (1) reflections on the wall and (2) windows into the Castello di Ama landscape. Both the experience of viewing oneself, as connecting with the landscape and being able to gaze onto landscape, is a powerful experience.
La Lumiere Intérior de Corps Humain
2. One of Castello di Ama installations that work with inner space was Chen Zhen’s La Lumiere intérior de corps humain. By using art to focus on the human organs the artist communicated his struggle with an ongoing illness. The story behind this art installation will also make you think.
Towards the Ground
3. Towards the Ground, the water fountain installation created by Christina Iglesias will make you think of the many geological connection to wine. It certainly made us think about water and its connection with soils, bedrock and overall geomorphology. The geomorphology of Castello di Ama, as presented in its terroir, obvious has a great connection to the wines being produced.
4. Then there was the installation of walls by Cuban artist, Carlos Garaicoa called “Yo no quierro ver más a mis vecinos” (I do not want to see more of my neighbors). Garaico’s installation will challenge your concept of boundaries, both physical and sociological constructions. This is a construct that you can take with in your travels where walls, both physical and literal boundaries, are still a part of our global world. Do we really not want to see more of our neighbors?
2006 Castello Di Ama
Castello di Ama Wines
Castello di Ama produces a variety of wines. During our winery visit we tasted two wines. The wines were Castello di Ama Chianti Classico 2006 and Castello di Ama Chianti Classico 2007. The wines were complex but we would like to revisit these wines after some aging. We also would like to taste other Castello di Ama wines.
Reports on Castello di Ama’s wines include Winefriend descriptions, Ian D’Agata, Stephen Tanzer’s International Cellar reported on selected 2001-2004 Castello di Ama wines. Other posts on Castello di Ama Wine Estate include Michele Shah in Wine Travel Guide, David Berry Green’s article Berry’s Wine Blog, Richard Jennings rjonwine post and Schiller-Wine. Clearly, these reports suggest that Castello di Ama produces some excellent wines.
Rex at Castello di Ama
Yes, in Tuscany at Castello di Ama Wine Estate art and wine do meet. Then who knows better than Rex, the black dog, the beauty of this special place. Rex accompanied us on our tour of the vineyards. Put Castello di Ama Wine Estate on your Tuscany travel list. Check out other suggestions for Tuscany in my travel column at the Examiner, or visit me at Spaswinefood.
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