By Kori ~ July 10th, 2015.
Spanish artist Okuda and French artist Remed are renowned in the urban art scene for their colorful creations. Okuda was born and raised in Santander, Spain. He started painting in 1997 and began producing urban art on a larger scale in 2002. Okuda specializes in street art, illustrations, paintings, murals, sculptures, and installations. Remed grew up in Lille, France. He specializes in walls, canvas, prints, drawings, and sculptures. Today, both artists are based in Madrid.
Campo Viejo brought Okuda and Remed together in 2013 to collaborate in the creation of a sculpture at the Campo Viejo vineyard in Rioja, Spain, which aims to convey the modernity, expressiveness, and vibrancy of the Campo Viejo wines. Since creating that vineyard sculpture, Okuda and Remed have continued to collaborate with Campo Viejo to bring their art and wine to cities around the world through the Streets of Colour project.
“The creative process of winemaking and art is more similar than most people think. Both of us start with a blank canvas and a vision of what we want to achieve. The process then takes us on a journey of experimentation—be it flavours or colours—until we are satisfied with the final outcome.” –Elena Adell, Campo Viejo winemaker
During my recent press trip to Rioja, I got to see the Okuda and Remed sculpture in the Campo Viejo vineyard up close and personal. It is beautiful and has become an enduring symbol for the Campo Viejo brand.
In addition to the large-scale urban art projects, Okuda and Remed have also collaborated with Campo Viejo to create eye-catching, contemporary label designs for the Limited Edition Campo Viejo Reserva Art Series. The second Reserva Art Series, the 2009 vintage, was recently released. Campo Viejo gave each of us on the press trip a bottle of this wine in a personalized box. I brought it home and tasted it in one of our blind tastings. Not only does it come in a beautiful package, but it is also an excellent wine.
2009 Campo Viejo Reserva Art Series (Rioja, Spain): Deep, ruby red in color. Gorgeous nose with chocolate and cassis aromas. Red cherry, raspberry, and a touch of chocolate come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity and smooth tannins. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $18; Limited Availability
“We are truly excited to be able to work with Okuda and Remed to reflect the exquisite taste of Campo Viejo Reserva 2009 through their designs. Okuda and Remed are such talented artists and we knew they would be able to bring to life the taste and feel of the wine and its Spanish heritage.” –Elena Adell, Campo Viejo winemaker
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