Published: 21:29, January 19, 2021 | Updated: 04:41, June 5, 2023
Estate of the Art
By China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Acclaimed Sonoma winery Donum makes its debut in Hong Kong

Some of Donum’s acclaimed pinot noir offerings

We all know art and wine make fine bedfellows, but news of Donum’s pending distribution in Hong Kong is a clear call to action for aesthetes and connoisseurs of the finer things in life. The winery is renowned for its single-vineyard, single-appellation pinot noir and chardonnay, and is home to a monumental open-air sculpture collection (with more than 40 pieces) at the estate in the acclaimed northern Californian wine region of Sonoma. 

The golden vines post-harvest in November

“As proud residents of Hong Kong, we are delighted to have found a partner to introduce our wines to the city,” say Mei and Allan Warburg, the owners of Donum. “The Donum art collection has gathered worldwide attention in the art community and, through this recognition, we have met many lovers of art who also have a passion for fine wines.” 

Louise Bourgeois, Crouching Spider (2003)

Having hosted receptions to celebrate artists alongside Hong Kong’s annual Art Week in March, the estate features more than 40 major works from artists across the globe, including Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois, Keith Haring, Tracey Emin, Zhan Wang, Yue Minjun, Danh Vō and others. 

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin (2014)

As far as its winemaking prowess, the estate comprises 200 picturesque acres north of San Pablo Bay in the Carneros area, and employs both biodynamic and organic farming practices. “With our terroir-driven ideology, our wines can transport people to our vineyards with each sip,” says Donum winemaker Dan Fishman. 

Zhan Wang’s Artificial Rock No. 126 (2007–13) takes pride of place in the vineyard

Alongside its distribution in Hong Kong through Vinopolis, Donum will be added to the wine list of acclaimed Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant and art space Duddell’s. “Our clients have a deep and active appreciation for art,” says the restaurant’s co-founder, Alan Lo. “With Donum’s monumental art collection and artist-designed labels, it’s a great addition to our wine list.” 

“We are thrilled to introduce Donum to Hong Kong,” says KL Lee, the executive director of Vinopolis. “The wine community here is thriving and they’re seeking unique, premier-quality wines such as Donum. The demand is high, but we only have limited stock available in this initial introduction.”

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