Introducing Frida KahloThe Wine

By Lisa Gmur, CSW

Frida Kahlo is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists to have ever lived. While it’s been 67 years since her death, Kahlo still trends as the #1 artist on Instagram, surpassing even Vincent Van Goh, Leonardo Da Vinci, Claude Monet and Andy Warhol. The reason for this is pretty simple; Kahlo was an icon. An icon of female creativity; an icon for several minority groups and political movements such as feminism, the LGBTQ Community and Chicanos.

Frida Kahlo wines were inspired by her life, her passion, sophistication, elegance and attitude. Kahlo passionately embraced the adversities of life and found an opportunity to reinvent herself.

After being severely injured in a bus accident, she mostly painted self-portraits. Her political activism came later when she married fellow artist Diego Rivera. Her iconic identity and extraordinary artwork left behind a legacy that transcends and overcomes barriers of culture. Kahlo was constantly inspired to transform tradition into reinvention and became a world symbol for the modern, empowered and independent woman.

inspired by Frida’s passion, sophistication, elegance& attitude to create a new style of wine

The Frida Kahlo Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet and Day of the Dead Red Blend are both estate grown single vineyard wines. The Cabernet is grown on alluvial terraces in the Maipo Valley and aged in French oak barrels for a period of 14 months. The Day of the Dead Red Blend is a field blend from the Apalta area of the Colchagua Valley.

Known as the “Valley of Kings,” Apalta is one of Chile’s newest wine regions to produce quality red wines. It lies among Chile’s warmer scrub-coated Pacific hills and has fewer than 2,000 total acres. The Apalta Valley itself sits between the towns of Santa Cruz de Colchagua and San Fernando. They are all labeled under the Colchagua Valley denomination.

Of course the woman behind the wines was a true tour de force. Kahlo was born in 1907. Her work was exhibited in Paris and Mexico before her premature death in 1954. The feminist movement of the 1970’s led to renewed interest in her life and work. In 1990, Frida became the first Latin American artist to break the one-million-dollar threshold when “Diego and I” was auctioned by Sotheby’s for $1,430,000.

In 2001, Frida become the first Hispanic woman to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp. In 2002, the movie, Frida, starring Salma Hayek was released. The film went on to win two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Makeup.

Frida’s artwork continues to break records for Latin American art. In 2006, “Roots” (painted in 1943) sold for $5.6 million and in 2016, “Two Lovers in a Forest” (painted in 1939) sold for $8 million. This is the highest auction price for any work by a Latin American artist.

Roots, 1943 by Frida Kahlo

The 2019 Cabernet was rated 90pts by James Suckling & Robert Parker. James Suckling also gave the 2019 Day of the Dead Red Blend 89pts. It’s a blend of Cabernet, Carmenere, Syrah and Merlot. The 2019 vintages were released in June 2021.