Ornellaia has commissioned Canadian-born artist Rodney Graham to make poems and mark designs to mark its 2011 vintage, as auction house Sotheby's reports rising interest in the Super Tuscan winery.
Graham's poems and bespoke mark designs were revealed at an Ornellaia event hosted by Sotheby's in Milan this week. The announcement is Ornellaia's sixth Vendemmia d'Artista, that has seen it commission a range of artists to make bottle designs around a particular vintage. Graham, whose poems on Ornellaia bottles include 'The Impossible Pantoum of Acknowledgement' and 'Lamentations of a Humourist', has hand-signed 100 three-litre double magnums, 10 six-litre imperials and one nin-litre salmanazar - all of which will be auctioned by Sotheby's in Toronto in June. Proceeds will go to charity.Michel Rolland, who works as a consultant at Ornellaia and visits the estate around four times per year on average, praised the quality of the 2011 vintage.'Everyone remembers the fantastic 2001 vintage. Ten years after, 2011
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