Art and wine lovers are in for a treat this month at Palazzo Coveri as Chianti Classico winery Nittardi displays the art collection behind the wine labels that have emblazoned 40 vintages.
Colourful and considered original designs by the likes of Dario Fo, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Yoko Ono and Mimmo Paladino line the whitewashed walls of the little-visited gallery on the ground floor of the fashion house’s headquarters in lungarno Guicciardini. On show until November 30, the decision to show the Nittardi Collection in central Florence was made to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the winery’s much-loved Casanuova di Nittardi Chianti Classico wine. Back in 1981, the cantina’s owners, the Canali-Femfert family, asked an artist to depict the Sangiovese bottling in two formats: for the label and the tissue paper wrapping.
The vintners brought together an international panel to identify not one but six artists—Chiara Mazzotti, Fausto Maria Franchi, Pengpeng Wang, Ulrike Seyboth, Olle Borg, and 12-year-old Andreas Floudas-Zygouras—to style the packaging for the Chianti Classico Vigna Doghessa 2020 single vineyard bottling in order to provide wine enthusiasts with a unique six-bottle case for the ruby anniversary born at the height of the pandemic.
“In 2020, we had minimum frost in the spring and the summer was hot, but we had some rain. The lockdown meant that I couldn’t travel and that I had plenty of time to rediscover the vineyards. This vintage shows that renewed nearness to our land,” explains Nittardi owner Léon Femfert at the press presentation. Indeed, Chianti Classico Vigna Doghessa 2020 displays all the fruitiness and finesse we have come to expect from this secluded winery that was once the country home of Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Nittardi, 40 Years of Wine and Art
Galleria Palazzo Coveri, lungarno Guicciardini 19
Until November 30
Open Tuesday-Saturday; 11am-1pm, 3.30-7pm