New York – 20 February 2013. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, each and every bottle of Ornellaia 2010 is decorated with a special logo, silk-screened in gold and ivory. Ornellaia has commissioned Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of Italy’s most important and influential artists, to interpret “La Celebrazione” for Vendemmia d’Artista Ornellaia 2010. The artist has created labels for an extremely limited and individually-signed and numbered series of large-size bottles: 100 Double Magnums (3 litre), 10 Imperials (6 litre) and a unique Salmanazar (9 litre). Some of these exquisite bottles will be auctioned by Sotheby’s during a charity event in London. Two important events will frame Ornellaia’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. In New York on February 23rd, Sotheby’s Finest & Rarest Wines auction has been feature some exclusive pre-release lots of Ornellaia 2010 silk-screened bottles, including a first-of-its-kind Balthazar (12 litres) made especially for the anniversary. In London on May 16th, Ornellaia will host a charity auction gala dinner at the Royal Opera House where eight of the exquisite bottles created by Michelangelo Pistoletto for Vendemmia d’Artista “La Celebrazione” will be the star lots. Stephen Mould, Senior Director and Head of the European Wine Department of Sotheby’s, will conduct the charity auction of these lots including the unique Salmanazar (9 litres), three Imperials (6 litres), and four Double Magnums (3 litres). Information about these auction lots can be found at www.25anni.ornellaia.com and www.sothebys.com/wine. Proceeds from both events will benefit the Royal Opera House Foundation. «A correlation exists between the cultures of wine and art, between Venus and Bacchus», states Michelangelo Pistoletto. «Neither of them has a practical function, but both are undoubtedly powerful in activating the human spirit. Many artists have found in wine a source of inspiration; it propels the mind towards imagination, fantasy, and towards truth tooin vino is truly veritas. The mirror, in particular, expresses truth and stimulates the imagination. I decided to utilise the mirror for the Ornellaia project, creating its profile through curving, sensuous lines that transgress the traditional square shape of a wine label. I wanted this artwork to be fluid, flexible, dynamic, just like the flowing movement of a thought». «In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ornellaia, we have created exclusively for vintage Ornellaia 2010 a special logo which is silk-screened in gold and ivory on each and every bottle, providing a unique and truly memorable experience» – says Giovanni Geddes, CEO of Ornellaia. «The Vendemmia d’Artista project aims at re-establishing the tradition and value of Renaissance artistic patronage in a modern key. Every year we commission an internationally renowned artist to produce a work of art and an extremely limited number of special labels that are in themselves works of art, and which capture the essence of the vintage and its personality. In the past four editions of Ornellaia Vendemmia D’Artista we have raised over 800,000 Euro through auctions of these special bottles, which have been donated to institutions related to the Arts. For the 2010 edition we have commissioned Michelangelo Pistoletto to celebrate the 25th anniversary». «Ornellaia 2010 is the 25th anniversary blockbuster – this will make everyone sit up» says Serena Sutcliffe, MW Head of Sotheby’s International wine department. «And, in due course, drink up. From its dense, dark colour to its drenched berries nose, full of primary fruit, this is concentration in huge, velvety form. Coats the palate in majestic style». «One of the hallmarks of wine, like people, is its originality, and each growing year exhibits a personality that renders a wine from that year truly unique. Within the overall Ornellaia style, we take much effort in identifying, highlighting, and consolidating in the wine the distinctive qualities of each vintage», says Axel Heinz, winemaker and Director of production of Ornellaia. He then pointed out: «Ornellaia 2010 reflects a particularly cool and late-ripening vintage in which the Mediterranean character finds a novel expression. The opulent richness steps back to let vivacity and complex aromatics prevail. The fruit is still present but fresh and vibrant. The texture is silky and elegant but maintains the density typical of Ornellaia’s greatest expressions». About Ornellaia: «Our philosophy considers the birth of the wines to be the truest expression of their terroir. The grapes are selected by hand, and picked in the estate’s vineyards in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast. The varying natures of the terroirs, marine, alluvial and volcanic, are ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc ad Petit Verdot. The Estate extends over 97 hectares along the Tuscan coast, just a short distance from the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri and the famed cypress-lined avenue “Viale dei Cipressi”. In 2001 the 1998 Ornellaia was declared Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator. In 2011 the German “Der Feinschmecker” assigned Ornellaia its most sought-after award, the “Weinlegende”.