A story really worth telling, that started from the cooperation of winegrowers from all over the world who sent to Cormòns hundreds of vines: they've been gradually planted there, thus giving birth to a unique vineyard hosting an incredible amount of vine varieties from different countries and continents. The first harvest took place two years after, in 1985, when over 500 enthusiastic pickers ventured through the World's Vineyard and set their hands to the newborn bunches of grapes. The following year, the very first Wine of Peace was ready: to decorate its labels, Cantina Produttori Cormòns called famed artists such as Zoran Music, Arnaldo Pomodoro and Enrico Baj and that established a tradition for the years to come.
The Wine of Peace eventually led, in 1997, to a music festival of its own, Jazz&Wine of Peace. Friuli's Eastern frontier with present Slovenia had been on fire because of the ex-Jugoslavian conflict and the event was created by Circolo Culturale Controtempo to promote peace, also by collaborating with Slovenia to organize the concerts. The festival each year summons to Cormòns renowned jazz players from all over the world and the audience, too, is mostly international gathering fans from Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia and lately also from Norway and Japan. The event always wraps up with a final toast on stage, cheering on the annual Wine of Peace together.
Where art meets wine
Since it was first sent to every civil and religious Head of State on 9th April 1986 (being the Italian national airline Alitalia the official carrier), the Wine of Peace has always been produced in a set of three bottles and every year international distinguished painters, illustrators, sculptors have been drawing its labels, making it a collectors' delight.
Its combination of peace, art and wine fascinated some of the greatest 20th century Italian artists such as Salvatore Fiume, Aligi Sassu, Emilio Vedova, Giacomo Manzù, Emilio Tadini, Paolo Menon, stylist Roberto Capucci and also foreign ones like Swedish Erik Dietman, Japanese Hidetoshi Nagasawa, U.S. Robert Rauschenberg, Colombian Fernando Botero and Belgian Jean-Michel Folon. Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo and Yoko Ono too joined in, organizing an extraordinary permanent exhibition with high-level artworks on display.
Over the years, all these efforts paid off with a few prestigious acknowledgements. The labels “Picolit – Vino d’Autore” and “Cava” by graphic designer and painter Arrigo Buttazzoni won the “Etichetta d’Oro” (golden label) at the 4th and the 5th edition of the National Labels Contest by the International Wine Label Museum in Cupramontana, near Ancona, the land of Verdicchio.
The strong link between art and wine is pretty evident even in Cantina Produttori Cormòns' cellar. Its Slavonian oak barrels have been decorated by some great contemporary Friulian artists like Giorgio Celiberti, Carlo Ciussi, Luciano Ceschia, Silvano Spessot and many others, and the result is astonishing: the cellar has become a very unusual, marvellous underground art gallery where wines can rest in their artistic “beds” until they're ready.
About Cantina Produttori Cormòns
With more than 120 winegrowers members, Cantina Produttori di Cormòns is a solid wine-making institution in Friuli Venezia Giulia, founded in 1968 in Cormòns, near Gorizia. Its members' vineyards extend over 350 hectares and 2 millions bottles per year come out of Cantina Produttori's plant (70% white wines and 30% red wines). Located in the Collio area, on the Oriental Hills near the Slovenian border and the Isonzo river, Cormòns plays an important role (harbouring more than 60 winemaking firms) in a land devoted to wine growing since ancient times and home to many DOC areas - Denomination of Controlled Origin, such as DOC Collio, DOC Friuli, DOC Friuli Isonzo, DOC Colli Orientali.