Many of you may already know that the caricature art adorning the bottles of Maragas wines was created by the winemaker's mother, Joanne Lattavo, back in the late 50s and early 60s. What you may not know is Joanne was an accomplished oil painter with a renowned art gallery throughout the 60s. (The above photo is of the cover of a 1966 Lattavo Gallery show - a more detailed image is available for news media reproduction). Contemporary artists and entertainment greats such as Harry Wheeler, Mary Ann Flynn, Mel Someroski, Louis Armstrong, Buddy Hacket, and several others showed their art or performed at the Gallery.
Doug has had numerous art pieces created or collected by his mother (who passed away in 2002) in storage for several years. Thank you to Joanne for leaving such a magnificent legacy.
Doug has realized a unique concept for the re-opened Lattavo Gallery. He’s opening the Gallery inside the barrel room of Maragas Winery. It may be the first art gallery in a Barrel Room in the Country. We limited the barrel stacks to three high and mounted the paintings above the barrels along the walls - out of harms way of an accidental wine splash from a barrel. And, uniquely at our barrel room, we use low humidity to intensify the flavors in our wine which, in turn, protects the painting frames from warping.
Combined, it's a beautiful harmony - fine art and the art of wine making.