Vino Erectus

" What I did, was never done before "

Nebuchadnezzar

“Never in my life had I had the honour of admiring such a wonderful masterpiece, how much I wish I could be standing in front of it, even just for an instant ...”

Giorgio Vasari

Uovo DiVino - creation by Mario Bellini

 

Uovo DiVino Bellini

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The most valuable wine cellar in the world

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Mario Bellini e Deyan Sudjic,director of the Design Museum in London

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Mario Bellini explains Uovo DiVino at the Triennale of Milan

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Vino ERECTUS MMXV 2015 is objectively the most precious wine in the world and in history, the only one obtained from erect clusters, protected inside “Uovo DiVino”, in Carrara marble. Each Uovo DiVino contains the relative numbered ERECTUS bottle that is subsequently covered with transparent resin together with the seeds. In this way the vintage MMXV - 2015 will be the only wine believed to be passed down over thousands of years along with the DNA of the plant that it originated from.

Aspiration to Universality and Memory of the World become a true act of altruism towards posterity.

Only 69 bottles exist , numbered from 0 to 68.
Each bottle is individually accompanied by its individual and progressively numbered certificate of notary Pacini Andrea of Siena.


It is a true masterpiece of Italian genius and style. We have officially been invited by the Milan Triennale to present it at the "Mario Bellini - Italian Beauty" exhibition.

The architect Mario Bellini from Milan had recently designed part of the Louvre and :


• In 1962 he won the first prize “Golden Compass” with the minimalistic ante litteram table Cartesius.
He won 8 “Golden Compass” , the only architect to have done so.
• In 1965 he was the first person ever to design a Personal Computer for Olivetti.
• In 1972 he invented “Kar-a-sutra” , a mobile human space, for MoMA in New York.
• In 1981 Steve Jobs was present at Mario Bellini’s lecture at International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado. Jobs later wrote in his autobiography that he had tried to persuade Bellini , on more than one occasion, to join him at Apple, even twice going to his studio in Milan, but Bellini never took him up on his offer.
• He has 25 permanent “works of art” at the MoMA in New York.
• He has designed numerous buildings around the world, USA, Australia, Japan, Europe…
• In 2012, after having worked for seven years, he inaugurated, the Islamic art department at the Louvre, which is the second and last contemporary building within the Louvre, Paris, following the majestic Ieoh Ming Pei Pyramid.
• In 2015 for the first time ever, at the Palazzo Reale,he displayed Giotto’s masterpieces staging an outstanding and revolutionary exhibition.
• In 2015 he received the “Gold medal award to Italian Architecture”
• In 2016 by invitation of Franco Ariano, owner of Vino ERECTUS, Bellini created and signed the "Uovo DiVino”, the smallest and most valuable wine cellar in the world, in Carrara marble.
• In 2017 Bellini is going to open the Antiquarium forense next to the Coloseum in Rome, narrating the history of the origins of ancient Rome.
• In 2017 the Triennale of Milan awarded Bellini, the world renown Milanese architect, an exhibition of his entire work entitled “Mario Bellini. Italian Beauty” taking place exactly 30 years after Bellini’s 1987 MoMA exhibition, where 25 of his works had been on permanent display in the American museum.


One of the features that masterpieces, both paintings or sculptures, have in common, is that you may enjoy them through two senses: “sight”, and in some very rare cases,”touch”.

Thanks to its “Uovo DiVino”, Vino ERECTUS MMXV 2015 has come to be the first masterpiece to be appreciated, over the millennia, using the five senses: you may "see", "feel", and when the wine is poured, you will be able to "taste", "smell" and "hear" the distinctive burble emanating from the narrow channel through the neck of the bottle.

It is justifiably shown in Mario Bellini’s best work catalogue and will be sold at international auction at a starting price of €100.000,00 - one hundred thousand – each.

Christie’s

Vino ERECTUS 2009 has been the wine with the highest quotation ever among first vintages (2009) : Price realised USD 7,826



CHRISTIE’S GENEVA Fine Wines , Tuesday 17 May 2011

Vino ERECTUS – Vintage 2009 Italy ( Valpolicella – Romagna – Tuscany )

Bottle n.1 on a total number of n. 51 only Offered in an original metal safe box together with all the tools needed to manage it “ The first wine in history , mythical ERECTUS, the only ever produced with all clusters held upwards until the harvest, meeting plant verticality request.

Each berry of Corvina , Montepulciano and Sangiovese is chosen with manual selection by using magnifying glasses and only the best goes inside for a particular wine.

Vinification cellar is located in Tuscany, special amphoras made of pharmaceutical glass were expressly produced to allow fermentation of ERECTUS clusters .

This is the unique opportunity to purchase a rare case of Vino ERECTUS 2009, first vintage and first bottle , that have been stored in optimum conditions in its original metal safe box together with all the tools needed to manage it.

Every two years water must be added to plumbing system using the proper siringe to mantein correct umidity temperature and signing next to the correct date on the box.

Warranty and numbered wax seal ensure the virginity of bottle.

Mario Bellini and Franco Ariano
Mario Bellini con Franco Ariano
The inside of Uovo DiVino
Interno di Uovo DiVino

Franco Ariano

"Franco Ariano, who is an expert in viticulture and connoisseur of important bottles of wine, is an attentive observer who is always ready to experiment and improve the well-known technique.

His endless curiosity, determination, skills and creativity accompany him through his studies on the history of vineyards and its greatest masters (the most important being Dr. Ruggero Mazzilli), by observing and visiting wineries all over the globe.

First of all, he decided to collect the most important bottles of wine in the world, choosing among those selected by Wine Spectator as the "12 best of the 20th century" :
• Chateau Margaux 1900,
• Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945,
• Chateau Petrus 1961,
• Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1955,
• Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947,
• Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanèe-Conti 1937,
• Chateau d'Yquem 1921,
• Quinta do Naval Nacional Vintage Port 1931,
• Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1941,
• Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1961,
• Cabernet Napa Valley Heitz Martha's Vineyard 1974,
• Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi Riserva 1955.

Seven years later, he had managed, to acquire 10 out of those 12 bottles, in addition to thousands of other less important bottles.

The two missing ones are the 1931 Quinta do Naval Nacional Vintage Port and the 1941 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. Interestingly, when he finally had the chance to purchase them, he decided not to buy them because there were suspicions that they were fake.

He was very excited to have collected those 10 bottles, together with the 1945 Romanèe-Conti and Chambertin Dugat PY.

But even if he adores these masterpieces, his aim is just one:

to measure himself alongside them.

He is certain that he is able to do even better thanks to his knowledge and determination.

His ambition is to create the greatest, most important wine ever produced.

He is perfectly aware of the fundamental details in reaching his goal and understands the mistakes to avoid.

He analyzes the weaknesses of those “mythical” bottles: the first real problem is the contact between the wine and cork. In fact, a liquid rich in acids reacts when it comes into contact with organic material over a long period of time and will lead to the total degradation of the compound after only 100 years or less.

Other shortcomings include the lack of attention to the bottle during transportation and the fact that the future owners will be free to make decisions regarding the quality and method of bottle preservation.

Furthermore, the lack of anti-fraud systems has resulted in the cloning of many bottles, which are then sold as originals.

Having created the best method of cluster growing, facing upwards to improve their ventilation, health and lymphatic circulation in order to obtain the highest quality, was not good enough for him.

Even designing the new bottle with two corks: the first, which is synthetic, has a micro valve which lets the oxygen molecule pass and prevents the TCA (trichloroanisole) from entering; while the second cork used as an oxygen reserve for aging, was still not sufficient to satisfy him.

Continually improving the prior well known technique of burying the ERECTUS bottle in a mixture of soil and ashes, inside specially built safes with a natural hydraulic system.

For the first 4 vintages 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, he invented the ERECTUS safe that not only preserves the only wine in the world made from ERECTUS grapes, but contains the necessary instruments to manage the wine, i.e. the ERECTUS brass corkscrew, made in Pordenone, which is the only method to extract the two corks; a syringe for the hydraulic system, at the bottom of the safe box; anti-vibration feet and a brush-knife to perfectly remove the wax-rubber lacquer.

The safe box invented by Ariano has become the optimum system to ensure compliance with the aging criteria: perfect humidity, constant temperature and absence of vibration, light and noise.

It was officially recognized at the Christie's auction in Geneva, on 17th May 2011.

It is the wine with the highest quotation ever amongst first vintage wines (2009). "The first wine in history, the mythical ERECTUS ...." to reach $7,826

In 2015, still not completely satisfied with his achievement, Ariano tried to store wine in wooden, steel, golden and marble bottles, however the outcome was that glass resulted in still being the best material up to today.

It was in that moment that Ariano had an intuitive idea, inspired by the discovery of grape seeds, skins and dried residues of wine, found by chance in ancient amphoraes surviving from recent excavations on the island of Elba.

Ariano’s ambition is to create an immortal wine, a wine that can be passed down from generation to generation, the only wine together with its seeds.

Thus, starting from the vintage year MMXV - 2015, Ariano decides that he will transfer the wine from the safe to a new container made out of marble from Carrara. In that area he discovers a river which lies at the foot of a mountain from which some splendid marble stones regularly and naturally fall down on to the river bed. He starts collecting these marble stones by hand only selecting those that had a suitable shape fit within a bottle and he places them together with the grape seeds that gave birth to the wine. Later he goes to Belluno to the leading expert on anti UV transparent resins, he pours the resins on both the bottle and the seeds contained inside the marble stone and by doing so he almost creates the perfect cellar.

Nonetheless he is still dissatisfied with the shape of that magnificent stone.

Hence he seeks the advice of the architect Mario Bellini from Milan, who had recently designed part of the Louvre (twenty-three years after the opening of the pyramid designed by Ieoh Ming Pei); while his second and final contemporary architectonical work is the new department of Islamic Arts made in the Cour Visconti, a seven year long project.

Mario Bellini is enthusiastic of Ariano’s project, and after 11 months, he creates and signs the "Uovo DiVino”, the smallest and most precious wine cellar in the world designed solely to accompany throughout the millennia Vino ERECTUS.

The next vintage will be produced with ERECTUS clusters of vines cultivated at the foot of volcano Etna with the collaboration of the company ...... ...only weather conditions permitting, ensuring vintage bunches to become Vino ERECTUS.

Ariano’s motto has always been:

"If there is a way to do better, find it !!!“

Mission

The value of a wine depends on its future.

Wine ERECTUS is the only wine, created, protected and cared for from its birth and made to last thousands of years.

Just as in the past artists were called at court, today Franco Ariano is invited by the best winemakers to use his innovative method through which grapes are elevated in small parts of their vineyards.

How did he do it?

Without any concern to cost, totally rejecting a quality price compromise, preferring always and only quality at any cost with no limit to expense.

Having the procedure certified by a notary in Siena;

Only making wine vintages when the quality of the grapes is perfect;

Creating only 51 bottles per year, from number zero to number fifty;

Choosing the best plants from the best vineyards;

Patenting a manual system which maintains the bunches of grapes in an upright position until harvesting, obtaining healthier, untreated grapes, of a superior quality;

Guaranteeing quality in the cellar thanks to the collaboration of the ISVEA laboratory professionals;

Inventing the first bottle with 2 corks, the first synthetic with a micro-valve, in contact with the wine, the second cork, as a reserve of oxygen for aging;

Making it impossible to even imagine the cloning of the bottle, the safe or the Uovo DiVino

Safeguarding every single bottle within a special cellar-container as:

Uovo DiVino & Safe

Uovo DiVino for the vintage MMXV - 2015, thanks to the interest and collaboration of the architect Mario Bellini who created the smallest and most valuable wine cellar in the world, in Carrara marble. Each Uovo DiVino contains the relative numbered ERECTUS bottle that is subsequently covered with transparent resin together with the seeds. In this way the year MMXV - 2015 will be the only wine believed to be passed down over thousands of years along with the DNA of the plant that it originated from. A true act of altruism towards posterity.

Special safes accommodate individual buried bottles of vintages 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Designed to meet the best retention criteria with special hydraulic and mechanical devices, designed to solve the 5 problems of the wine, guaranteeing over the centuries, ideal conditions of humidity, temperature , absence of light, noise and vibration. .

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Origin ERECTUS Vineyard

In the early 21th century, thanks to a striking insight of Franco Ariano, a cutting-edge wine experiment is launched: its results could completely change the physiology of the vine and the scientific basis known up today. After participating in some private viticulture lesson with Dr. Ruggero Mazzilli in Tuscany (ISVEA), "Respect for the verticality of the request of the vascular structure of the vine", Ariano went back to the vineyard and started to look at his plants under a new point of view: they were asking for respect for their vascular structure. How it is possible to observe in the birth stage, the clusters are, in most cases, born facing upwards. Later, as their weight increase, these clusters fall down.

The curvature point of the bulges , combined with internal vascular depression, hinder the smooth circulation and exchange of lymph between plant and bunch. The winemaker has always been respecting the request for verticality, by approaching a picket at the trunk of the plant and at its bunches; but, subsequently, the bunches, due to the gravity, fell down to the ground, and they went rotten together with their clusters. From that moment, the various canopy management systems were born (cordone, Guyot, sapling, pergola, etc ...). Then, to Franco Ariano it completely normal to close the loop of the vine and, at the same time, he respected the verticality request also for the most important part of the vine: the cluster.

Origin of Vino ERECTUS

Thanks to the collaboration with the Experimental Station for Viticulture (www.spevis.it/) and ISVEA laboratories of Poggibonsi, in order to compare the characteristics of the grapes and the wines originating from traditional farming systems with those obtained by the "ERECTUS" method, in 2007 two pilot projects are launched in two very important location for their wine production: San Gimignano and Gaiole in Chianti (Vertine).

From the comparison of the analytical profiles of the different thesis, it is immediately clear that the ERECTUS grapes have, in contrast with traditional thesis, a more balanced pH, a slightly moderated total acidity, a higher concentration of sugar, supported by a more complex acid environment and a stronger phenolic richness, both in terms of total polyphenols and anthocyanins, which are considerably more extractable. These features are reproduced in the wines, which are more balanced, rounder and more colorful than the traditional thesis; their color is more stable over the time, thanks a higher tannins concentration.

After the last experimentation, the real Vino ERECTUS is created in the year 2009. Thanks to the collaboration with some of the most important wine companies partners, the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 harvest campaigns are organized. From them, the wines are produced according to a precise and rigid production system: "manual selection of each grape with scrutiny under three magnifying lamps; fermentation in special amphorae in pharmaceutical glass; soft pressing and manual; bottling in bottle with two caps : the first, which is synthetic, while the second cork is used as an oxygen reserve for aging; aging in special Safes or in “Uovo DiVino” made of Carrara marble ensuring the centuries ideal conditions of humidity, temperature, absence of light, noise and vibration.

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Vintages

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Vintage MMXV 2015

Bottles 69, by Number "0" to "68"

Each Uovo DiVino contains the relative numbered ERECTUS bottle that is subsequently covered with transparent resin together with the seeds. In this way the year MMXV - 2015 will be the only wine believed to be passed down over thousands of years along with the DNA of the plant that it originated from.
100% Merlot – Siena

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Vintage 2012

Bottles 51, by Nnumber "0" to "50"

Every single bottle is buried inside its SAFE that contains the necessary instruments to manage the wine, i.e. the ERECTUS brass corkscrew, which is the only method to extract the two corks; a syringe for the hydraulic system at the bottom of the safe box; anti-vibration feet and a brush-knife to perfectly remove the wax-rubber lacquer.
100% Sangiovese – Ville di Corsano – Siena

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Vintage 2011

Bottles 51, by Nnumber "0" to "50"

Every single bottle is buried inside its SAFE that contains the necessary instruments to manage the wine, i.e. the ERECTUS brass corkscrew, which is the only method to extract the two corks; a syringe for the hydraulic system at the bottom of the safe box; anti-vibration feet and a brush-knife to perfectly remove the wax-rubber lacquer.
35% Sangiovese – Gaiole in Chianti – Siena
25% Sangiovese – Saludecio
20% Montepulciano – Saludecio
20% Corvina gentile – Illasi - Verona

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Vintage 2010

Bottles 51, by Nnumber "0" to "50"

Every single bottle is buried inside its SAFE that contains the necessary instruments to manage the wine, i.e. the ERECTUS brass corkscrew, which is the only method to extract the two corks; a syringe for the hydraulic system at the bottom of the safe box; anti-vibration feet and a brush-knife to perfectly remove the wax-rubber lacquer.
30% Sangiovese – Gaiole in Chianti – Siena
30% Montepulciano – Saludecio
20% Sangiovese – Saludecio
20% Corvina gentile – Illasi - Verona

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Vintage 2009

Bottles 51, by Nnumber "0" to "50"

Every single bottle is buried inside its SAFE that contains the necessary instruments to manage the wine, i.e. the ERECTUS brass corkscrew, which is the only method to extract the two corks; a syringe for the hydraulic system at the bottom of the safe box; anti-vibration feet and a brush-knife to perfectly remove the wax-rubber lacquer.
23% Sangiovese – Gaiole in Chianti – Siena
27% Montepulciano – Saludecio
25% Sangiovese – Saludecio
25% Corvina gentile – Illasi - Verona

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Vintage 2016 , 2014, 2013

 

No production

AWARDS

International patent ERECTUS method;
International brand ERECTUS;
CHRISTIE'S GENEVA Fine Wines, Tuesday 17 May 2011;
Permanent exhibition of ERECTUS Safe at Villa Mazzucchelli Museum of Wine and Corkscrew;
Great Exhibition organized by the Milan Triennale, entitled "Mario Bellini - Italian Beauty" from 19 January 2017 to 19 March 2017;
Certification by notary procedure in Siena.

THANKS

Special thanks go to: :
Mario Bellini, MARIO BELLINI ARCHITECTS - Milano
Ruggero Mazzilli, SPEVIS s.r.l. - STAZ. SPERIMENTALE VITICOLTURA - Gaiole in Chianti (Siena)
Gianfrancesco e Gian Mario Baldetti, Mirko Pioli, Stefano Ferrari ISVEA SRL Istituto Sviluppo Viticolo Enologico Agroindustriale – Poggibonsi (Siena)
Manuel Pieri e Barbara, Cantina Tuscania S.r.l. - Sambuca - Tavarnelle V.P. (Firenze)

Giacomo Mastretta, La porta di Vertine – Gaiole in Chianti (Siena)
Bibi Graetz, Fiesole (Firenze)
La Certosa S.r.l., (Siena)
Giovanni Raiti, Vino Quantico – Sicilia – Etna – Linguaglossa – Lavina

Romeo e David Simonetti - Stonevolution - Via del Marmo Bianco 2 – Pietrasanta (Lucca)
Amez Droz SA CONSTRUCTEURS Svizzera – Boucheuse manuelle pour modification
Andrea ed Eleonora, Alcarol S.r.l.- Belluno
Farfalli Cavatappi D’autore, Maniago

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