Artistas de Otazu #1, Leandro Erlich, Valkirias de Otazu-Preludio del Señorío, 2009
Artistas de Otazu #2,Tony Orrico, Penwald 2: 8 circles: 8 gestures, 2009
Artistas de Otazu #3,Héctor Zamora. Movimientos emisores de existencias, 2015
Artistas de Otazu #4, Alfredo Jaar. El color de nuestras vidas, 2016
D.O.P. Pago de Otazu
Otazu Artists is a line of wines inspired by the passion for creating experiences. Both visual artists and winemakers are in charge of transforming ideas into realities that we can all enjoy. Each year, the winery works with a different artist to achieve a liquid experience that is able to synthesize the values of the winery and the work that artists develop within our spaces. These are unique wines, the result of only three barrels of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its 900 bottles, individually numbered, are intervened each year by a renowned international artist who personally designs the label.
The first edition of our project was conceived in honor of the work Valkirias de Otazu, which the Argentine artist Leandro Erlich created exclusively for the winery and which was inaugurated on February 19, 2017 at Lordship of Otazu.
In this label, Erlich alludes to music as an essential and cohesive element that the winery uses to accompany the aging of its wines.
The second edition was by American artist Tony Orrico, on the occasion of his performance in the barrel room of Bodega Otazu entitled Penwald: 2: 8 circles: 8 gestures on February 17, 2018.
As in all his work, the textile series seeks to push the body and mind to the limit.
With this label in mind, she chose words and impressions conveyed to her by Otazu and wrote them ambidextrously, as if reflected in a mirror, until the surface of the paper was complete.
AO 3 was made by Mexican artist Héctor Zamora as a result of his performance Movimientos emisores de existencias, which took place on February 23, 2019 in the Barrel Room of Bodega Otazu. This piece involved eight workers of the winery who, together, have stepped on clay pots of unfired Otazu earth. They have left their footprints on them.
In the label design, Zamora uses the Otazu territory to reflect man’s interaction with his land. It is a label that speaks of the past, of the present, but, above all, of the future, on which, for each of the 900 bottles, he and the potters have stamped their hands stained with clay from the pots.
AO 4 has been conceived by the winner of the I Biennial Prize for Monumental Art of the Otazu Foundation, the Chilean Alfredo Jaar.
His winning work, The colour of our lives (2015), consists of four cubes of water, glass, sound and light magically surprised in full dialogue between a 14th century dovecote and a 12th century Romanesque church. For this label, the artist has created a minimalist image, but of great depth: a drop of wine that seems momentarily suspended in the air, like a sun radiating light.
This drop of light here symbolizes climate, temperature, movement, time and air, all essential factors that determine the quality of wine. This drop of light is a microcosm of the world.