Wente Vineyards has released the first of its 2017 Artist Series red blends featuring original art by local Bay Area Artist, Lisa Elley.

2010 marked the first vintage of the Wente Vineyards Artist Series, connecting winemaking to art. The family continues the Artist Series program, partnering with one local artist each year, developing a series of four pieces to showcase across the estates’ unique red wine blends: GSM, Serenity, Sonata and Duetto.

The 2017 vintage spotlights local award-winning Bay Area artist, Lisa Elley.

She says, "My intention with the Wente Vineyards GSM label was to evoke an emotion that would combine the notes of the wine to create a memorable and beautiful experience. I wanted the label to be super colorful and joyous, while capturing essence of our shared and profound love of the landscape here in California."

Lisa-ElleyLisa’s first piece for Wente Vineyards 2017 GSM tells a story of the family’s appreciation of the land and more specifically, Livermore Valley. Lisa weaves vibrant colors interpreting rolling hills, the sky, spectacular vines, all while complimented by notes of dark fruit and California wildflowers.

In addition to the annual Artist Series partnership, the Wente family continues to support the arts through Wente Foundation for Arts Education, a non-profit organization established in 2012, which is a natural extension of the family’s commitment to the arts and community.

To learn more about the Artist Series program visit www.wentevineyards.com/artistseries.