MAGIVS series

The series

Magivs is an exclusive and limited wine edition made of 72 bottles, hand decorated. Each bottle has a unique design and shares a unique message. Each bottle is part of a unique composition that may  be enjoyed with all the five senses.

Around the year 776 of our Era there was a monk called ‘Beatus’ in Monasterio of San Martín de Turieno (Liébana, Cantabria, Spain). Beato wrote a little book that quickly became popular among his fello monks: Beatus thought that the Final Judgement stated in the Bible was close and he wanted to prepare fellow monks for this moment.

So he took the book of Revelation (Apocalypse) and wrote a new book in which he commented the passages in the book. Beato split the Revelation book in 68 sections which he called ‘storiae’. Each ‘storiae’ was followed by a comment he made based on what other authors commented about this book over the centuries.

But what was truly relevant and made his book very popular was the fact that Beato draw an illustration for each storiae, which helped understand the message. This was something truly new at that time.

From Beatus’ book ‘Commentary of the Apocalypse’ a lot of copies were made, and that ones that are painted with colourful miniatures are the ones that we know today as ‘Beatos’, which today are spread around the world.

Years later, during the last century of the first millenia (900 ac), a revolution began in the Old Land of Tábara (Zamora, Spain): Monks at the Monastery of San Salvador de Tábara (Which was inaugurated in year 905 to help maintaining the south frontier of the christians during the spanish ‘Reconquista’ began drawing again biblical passage using Beatus of Liébana style as inspiration.

One of the monks, called Magius, was very popular among his contemporaries and began creating a new pictoric school: If Beatus created his own style introducing new illustrations in books he in inserted in between the text and Magius evolved this style by using new colours , new spacing, and new colorants which gave his paintings a new chromatic structure. Magius created full one-page illustrations, even two-pages illustrations, which was something never done before. He also introduced frames for the pictures and full coloured backgrounds to fill the empty space (which may well be a mozarabic influence and Carolingian roots).

This new space that Magius adopted was composed of irregular thickness bands and figures without perspective or third dimension. This is because Magius wanted to show an spiritual and surreal reality, aligning his paintings with the message Beatus wanted to share in his Comments of the Apocalypse book.

Magius and his disciples personally illustrated at least 3 of the 21 ‘Beatos’ that today exist around the world. Four more Beatos were illustrated under the direct influence of their school of illustration. That way, San Salvador de Tábara monastery was in the last century of the first millennia the centre of a new pictorical school and his monk Magius was the artist who began the most valuable contribution that Spain made to the medieval book illumination.

The wine

The wine comes from the oldest vines in our family vineyard hand harvested.  The wine is composed of mencía, tempranillo and palomino grapes. Each bottle of Magivs was aged during 12 months in small american oak barrels and 4 years in bottle. The result is a structured wine, medium bodied, with red and black fruit aromas and some hints of mature fruits, a bit of vanilla and a touch of chocolate. The end is long lasting, warm, soft, round and elegant.

The creations

Each bottle of Magivs has been decorated with its own motive, its own theme and shares its own message. Each bottle of Magivs is unique, outside and inside. Each bottle is part of a different set that supports and enhances the message.

1: ORIGIN

2: GLASS

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