Van Gogh Themed Wines: Domaine du Météore Collaborates With The Van Gogh Museum

By Felicity Carter

9 months ago

Treat yourself to these picture-perfect tipples

Love Van Gogh? Love wine? This is the collaboration for you. Having just launched to market, Domaine du Météore has teamed up with the Van Gogh Museum to produce two organic wines inspired by the world-famous artist, while capturing the deliciousness (and beauty) of the South of France, just as the Van Gogh did. Here’s everything you need to know.

Tuck Into These Van Gogh Themed Wines

Wine bottle surrounded by picnic items including charcuterie, bread and olive oil.

What grows together, goes together, and these wines are created from the same terroir, with the Domaine du Météore organic vineyards sited on a meteorite struck a hillside in southern France, near to where Van Gogh painted, and so, this proved to be an ideal fit. Domaine du Météore’s co-owner, Dr Paul Jenkins, says, “I like to think that, like the swirling colours in Van Gogh’s masterpieces, our wines embody the essence of artistic expression. Just as Van Gogh found inspiration in the beauty of the world around him, we draw inspiration from the unique landscape that surrounds our vineyard.”

Offering both a white and a red, the organic white wine takes its name Sunflowers from the infamous sunflower painting, which was painted in Languedoc, close to Domaine du Météore, and is made using a blend of Rousanne and Viognier grapes (typical of the region). Meanwhile, the red wine, named Avenue of Poplars in Autumn draws parallels with the poplar trees that line the roads, characteristic of the Languedoc area, and is a combination of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes.

“Van Gogh’s paintings and our wines are both the product of the same terroir of Mediterranean garrigue. Van Gogh was captivated by the special light that we have in our region; light that makes our grapes grow until perfect maturity. So actually, what we try to do when we make Domaine du Météore wines is the same as Van Gogh, demonstrating the beauty of the South of France,” says Domaine du Météore’s winemaker, Simon Frech.

Farmed organically for almost 20 years, Domaine du Météore is now in biodynamic conversion. The Domaine can be found in 20—30 hectares of National Park, and is proudly in tune with the biodynamic ecosystem surrounding the vines. “Certified organic, working to being fully biodynamic, our collaboration with Domaine du Météore fits in perfectly with our want to be associated withstand out, sustainable and ethically driven partners. What makes this even more poignant is that Vincent, when painting in Arles, would have been only 100 miles away in the same latitude as the Domaine – his landscape subject matter is therefore very similar to the terrain surrounding the vines themselves delivering great provenance and storytelling. Oh, and they taste superb too,” says Marijn Veraart, of the Van Gogh Museum.