As well as the Museum, Documentation Centre and Publishing House, we carry out different activities in the Vivanco Foundation to fulfil our main objective: to research into the Wine Culture and disseminate and share it. That is why we are constantly on the go, moving forward, involving everyone in our projects and enjoying the Culture of Wine with them.
Vivanco Foundation 2014

TEMPORARY exhibitions

Culture moves, and so do we. Get to know the exhibitions we organise in our Museum: Photography, painting, comics … and many more. In order to disseminate the Wine Culture we update ourselves continuously with surprising collections, always linked to the Wine Culture.

Vivanco Foundation in 2014:


exhibitions IN OTHER PLACES

Our aim is to share and spread the Wine Culture far and wide, not just in Briones (La Rioja). This is why we also exhibit our collection in different places.

The Spirit of Wine. Wine as religious value

The Spirit of Wine. Wine as a religious value offers the visitor a historical and cultural journey through the many religious practices in which wine has been present. Starting with the ancient Semites, it visits Egypt, Ancient Greece, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The exhibition is divided into four thematic areas: From the Tigris to the Nile, the wine of gods and kings – The nectar of the gods. Wine as a sacred food – The vine of Jehovah, the wine of promises – From Canaan to Emmaus, the wine of the Biblical Covenant.



Every year we hold the International Engraving and Wine Prize together with the ESDIR (Design School of La Rioja). Artists of different nationalities takes place, and the winning works are later exhibited in our Museum. 

Opened the summons of this year, XI International Engraving and Wine Prize!

International Engraving and Wine Prize
XI International Engraving and Wine Prize Pedro Vivanco

They are fulfilled eleven years since the Foundation Vivanco for Wine Culture and the High School of Design of Rioja (ESDIR), they were initiating his faithful commitment with consecrated and emergent artists of the engraving. This way it is reflected by the thousand of works that throughout this decade they have written the history of the International Engraving and Wine Prize Pedro Vivanco. Since then we continue with the intention of supporting the artists who use the engraving as platform of contemporary creation.

Archaeological digs in Tudelilla

The hill of San Bartolomé de La Noguera rises above a large vineyard that reaches down to the

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Eye on Wine. Sara Matthews

Catalogue of the exhibition

This autumn Vivanco is hosting the photography exhibition Eye on Wine by the U.S. American artist Sara Matthews. The show will be on display from the 10th of October until 5 January 2015 in the Temporary Exhibition Hall of the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture (Briones, La Rioja). It is a careful selection of 25 images taken in the leading wine-growing regions of the world over the course of almost 30 years behind the lens. It is an intelligent, sensitive survey of images that seduce the viewer through movement, color, silence and their author’s intuitive eye.

Eye on Wine brings a visual tour through time and space of the colors, textures and nuances of the world of wine. From the hands of the winemakers to the wine crafting processes, we can see the art of wine within the art of photography. Sara Matthews interprets this world in a unique, passionate way, with honesty and awareness, without artifice or retouching, as real as the soil in which the grapevines grow. She confesses that she is a ‘hunter’ who travels ‘on safari’ around wineries and vineyards waiting for that unique moment when light and shadows join to become powerful images. It is a silent, solitary pursuit in which her lens becomes the sole witness to the miracle of wine. It is a pathway that also reflects her own evolution.

The evocative titles of the photographs show the sensibility of this artist with her assured eye. Sleeping Beauties refers to the bottles that “rest” as they wait to be labelled; Andean Dream shows a vast vineyard landscape captured in Argentine vineyards at the foot of this great mountain range; Stairway to Heaven is a golden-toned snapshot that shows the cellar stairs leading from an ancient Italian wine cellar up to daylight; and Ghostly Vineyard is a disturbing image of grapevines covered with white bird netting that transform them into something otherworldly… These are just some examples of what visitors will find in this show.

Sara Matthews and the real soul of wine

“Wine, at its best, captures something real: the terroir, the climate, the grapes and the art of oenology. I want my photographs to do the same. That means an emphasis on natural light, an avoidance of stylistic tricks and an honest engagement with the real thing”. -Artist Statement.

Sara Matthews started her career as a photographer in 1986, when she left her home in New York to move to a tiny winemaking village near Bordeaux, France. Her first book, A Village in the Vineyards (Farrar, Straus &Giroux, 1993), written by her husband Thomas Matthews, emerged from this experience. After this came more books, including Mendoza, Our Terroir (Catena and The Mendoza Wineries, 2001) and Washington: The State of Wine (Graphic Arts Center Publishing, 2006).

Her photographs have been used in catalogues and advertising and have made stops in many places around the world in both solo and group exhibitions, including the ones held in the Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles, California; at Copia, The American Center for Wine, Food & The Arts in Napa, California; at the Killka Gallery at Bodegas Salentein in Mendoza, Argentina; at the Empire State Cellars in Riverhead, New York; and at Bodega Clos Apalta in Santa Cruz (Chile), where she has a permanent exhibition.


Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture

Temporary Exhibition Hall  

10 October 2014 - 5 January 2015

Free of charge

Ctra. N-232, 26330 Briones, La Rioja, Spain

T. +34 941 322 323

Among vignettes. Wine in comics

An itinerary that follows a single theme, wine as shown in comics, and divided into three sections: Wine in everyday life, Adventure and action, and The Vine and Wine as depicted in comics. The selection, over one year, of the 80 original works and covers of 68 emblematic comics in Spain shows that vignettes are a graphic and conceptual art form in which illustrations and texts tell the story of a country, reflect the values of an era and contain sharp satire, intelligent criticism and – naturally – the Culture of Wine. Following a conscientious selection process, the covers with the greatest impact were chosen for the exhibition thanks to their attention to detail and their colour. Some also stand out for their age (such as no. 139 of ¡Cu-cut!, from 1905), their importance (such as no. 1070 of TBO, which gave rise to the term ‘tebeo’ [‘comic’ in Spanish] or no. 129 of El Capitán Trueno), for winning National Comic Prizes (like the original artwork of page 94 of El Arte de Volar by Kim; pages 152, 158 and 208 of the Dublin work of Alfonso Zapico, or page 14 of El juego lúgubre by the cartoonist and scriptwriter Paco Roca, who won a Goya award for the best adapted screenplay for his graphic novel Arrugas), or for their curious nature. This is the case of no. 163 of Maravillas, published in 1942 in the Phalangist supplement of F.E.T. y J.O.N.S., Flechas y Pelayos; or no. 7, a colour edition by Roberto Alcázar y Pedrín from 1976 in which the hand of the censor was seen: as Pedrín was a schoolboy, his adventures had to take place at the weekend or during the holidays. The vignette, the graphical essence of the comic, has its origins in wine? ?If there is something very clear in this exhibition, it is that wine has been very present in daily life and culture. It appears quite naturally in any story. Indeed, the term ‘vignette’, the basic element in any comic, is a French word, the diminutive of vigne (vine), which in turn comes from the Latin word vinea. In the initial letters of the chapters, or the upper case of the manuscripts, there are so many bunches of grapes, stalks and leaves of the vine. That is why these adornments are called ‘vignettes’.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Sara Matthews
Eye on Wine: The Photography of Sara Matthews

More info about the expo

From October 10th to January 5th

The Spirit of Wine. Wine as religious value

Last October 23rd the Vivanco Foundation inaugurated the travelling exhibition ‘The Spirit of Wine’ in the ‘Infanta Elena’ Museum of Contemporary Art (which belongs to the Virgen de las Viñas Cooperative in Tomelloso, Ciudad Real). Wine as a religious value.

It is an artistic tour with important works from different disciplines, epochs and origins that show the relationship of wine with religion, and also its presence and symbolism in different rites. Works by Dalí, Rembrandt and Picasso will be shown until December, together with valuable objects such as bronze vases from Iran (dated between 2 and 1 B.C.) or funeral urns from Ancient Egypt.

The exhibition is divided into four thematic areas: From the Tigris to the Nile, the wine of gods and kings – The nectar of the gods. Wine as a sacred food – The vine of Jehovah, the wine of promises – From Canaan to Emmaus, the wine of the Biblical Covenant. All the works belong to the private collection of the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine, and most of them are on display to the public for the first time thanks to the joint efforts of the Vivanco Foundation and the Cooperativa Virgen de las Viñas de Tomelloso (Ciudad Real).

International Engraving and Wine Prize
XI International Engraving and Wine Prize Pedro Vivanco


Marks eleven years since the Vivanco Foundation for the Wine Culture and ESDIR, began their faithful commitment with established and emerging printmaking artists. As reflected the thousand works that have written the history of the international prize of engraving and Vivanco Foundation came along this decade. Since then, we continue with the purpose of supporting artists employing the engraving as a platform for contemporary creation.

The award is open to different aspects of the engraving (engraving, lithography, aquatint, silkscreen, etching, intaglio and digital printing). The prints, which can combine several techniques, should go signed and with the initials BAT and ensure up to 100 copies.

The call is for older artists and resident in the European Union, the works must be original and unpublished and focus on the theme 'The World of Wine'. You may submit up to 2 recorded by contestant.

The jury will be integrated by professionals and scholars of recognized prestige in the field of engraving and Visual Arts, as well as representatives of the Vivanco Foundation and the ESDIR.

The award-winning works and a few recorded 30 finalists, selected from among those received in competition, will be part of an exhibition that will open in the Hall of exhibitions temporary of Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture. They also form part of a catalog in which the awarded and selected prints will be played. The prints award-winning pass to form part of the collection of the Foundation Vivanco.

Download the catalogue here.

Other Activities
Archaeological digs in Tudelilla

The hill of San Bartolomé de La Noguera rises above a large vineyard that reaches down to the Ebro Valley from the bottom of the Sierra de la Hez, next to the village of Tudelilla (La Rioja). Although partially eroded, this hillock still conserves the archaeological remains of an old Roman farm under it, plus an Early Mediaeval monastery and a Cistercian farm. Since 2002 the Vivanco Foundation has been supporting and financing a dig on the hill, the objective being the excavation, rehabilitation and recovery of these vestiges of the past. Sites of particular interest here are the cellars, recesses and other winemaking installations, whose history helps us to understand the major role played by this activity in the development of ancient and mediaeval societies.

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