Interdependent: Art and Wine
Like wine, art is developed with heart, care and precision. As art and wine have always formed a close symbiosis it was obvious for us that these cultural aspects have to be brought together. Karl Heinz Stock, the driving force behind this Wine and Art Farm QUINTADOSVALES in Estombar, has been always a been a part-time sculptor for 20 odd years and found with the farm a perfect combination to exhibit his extraordinary and sometimes provoking art pieces and to create at the same time attention for his wine venture.
But even if this does not take place and an art piece is disliked, it does have its right of existence as it creates interaction. Much worse would be a neutral reception as then the artist would not have reached his goal: to reach others and to get into communication, to pass the message.
The ideas behind the sculptural work are the same which drive the evolution of wine: both link to the traditional but also explore new experiences, limits and directions.
Most of the stones come directly from the fields around the estate. They have been formed from partially metamorphic, partially of compressed sand, partially the remains of sea shells and other fossils. It is a very fragile material which –in its original state- can hardly be identified as a potential basis for a sculpture. As far as we are aware, KHSculptorGroup are the only sculptors in the Algarve who work with this field stones.
So far the marriage of wine and art has been brought successfully on the way.
Karl Heinz Stock says: “True appreciation of good wine goes hand in hand with an appreciation of the finer things in life. My main aim is to bring equally to wine connoisseurs as to art lovers everywhere the opportunity to experience art alongside good quality wine. My strategy is certainly to become a key attraction in the Algarve and to offer besides wine and art an unspoiled, natural and aesthetic experience.”