On Tuesday the 14th November Armit wines teamed up with the Philharmonia Orchestra to host an evening of music and wine tasting in honour of the 75th Anniversary of Rioja Alta.
Taking place in the Philharmonia headquarters, guests were able to enjoy an exclusive recital performed by three of the philharmonias' esteemed musicians;
MOZART Divertimento in E flat K. 563 'I. Allegro'.
DOHNANYI Serenade op. 10, 'IV. Tema con variazioni', 'V. Finale'
PIAZZOLLA arr. Katz Libertango.
Guests were asked to reflect on the similarities between the wine drinking experience and the experience of live classical music. Both sensuous and sensual, wine and music have the ability to awaken the senses and stir our emotions on a very personal level. The crucial element, of course, is the pleasure and enjoyment they both can bring.
Wine and music are made to bring people together, and when selecting the wine to accompany the recital; Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza, one of the worlds’ most iconic Riojas, was a fitting choice.
Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza is celebrating its 75thAnniversary this year and guests were invited to enjoy the Vina Ardanza 2000, 2001 and 2008 vintages from the estate, alongside the new top-end, single vineyard Martelo "reserva" from their Torre de Oña estate. The Masterclass was presented by Rioja Alta’s brand ambassador, Angus McNabb.
Both winemaker and musician draw the best from their tradition and wisdom – and combine it with the most modern technology.
“Quality, elegance, innovation, evolution... and the permanent pursuit of excellence.” (Rioja Alta)
Principles underpinning both the Philharmonia Orchestra and Rioja Alta alike.
The Philharmonias' continuous evolution has led to projects such as large scale digital installations that have toured the world to offer visitors a unique experience of walking inside an orchestra, and smaller scale community projects like the “MusicLab”, a touring musical truck that reached over 120,000 people, and went on to win an RPS award.
Similarly, Rioja Alta’s 125 year history has not been without continuous improvement and development, with the estate investing in cutting edge technology that allows them to significantly increase the quality of their wines.
By Megan Parkinson.