One in a Million, Turner Contemporary, photo Miranda Gavin
Britain’s biggest ever bottle of English sparkling wine has been produced by a Kent-based winery Chapel Down and will be auctioned to mark the one millionth visit to Turner Contemporary. The winery will also be awarding 20 bottles of its sparkling wine – the equivalent number of bottles in a Nebuchadnezzar – to the one millionth visitor that comes through the doors of the gallery. The landmark, which the museum expects to achieve this summer, will have been reached just two years from when it opened.
Juan Munoz’s Conversation Piece at the Turner Contemporary, photo Miranda Gavin
The 26 kilogram bottle is now on show at Turner Contemporary, Margate alongside the gallery’s summer exhibition Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing. The bottle is a unique, 15-litre Nebuchadnezzar bottle of its gold medal-winning Blanc de Blancs 2007 sparkling wine and is the equivalent of 10 magnums. Chapel Down estimates that there are around 60 million bubbles inside – one for every person in the UK.
Turner Contemporary is also celebrating its millionth visit more widely with a national campaign I am one in a million. Visitors past, present and those still yet to visit can celebrate by uploading an image or message to tcmillion.org, from photo points at the gallery or elsewhere, and be in with a chance to win free family days out at Kent’s top attractions.
At the end of the exhibition on 15 September, Chapel Down will tour the giant bottle to restaurants and bars across the country before auctioning it to raise money for the Margate-based gallery, which is a registered charity. Chapel Down CEO Frazer Thompson says: “This is a genuine Nebuchadnezzar that’s been expertly bottled to maintain the correct pressure and preserve the quality of the wine. Whoever makes the winning auction bid later this year could drink this fizz that day or enjoy it in 10 years’ time. “Given the uniqueness of the bottle, and how we’re intending to decorate it, we’re looking at the reserve price to be at least £10,000”.
One in a Million Turner Contemporary, photo Miranda Gavin
Turner Contemporary Director, Victoria Pomery says: “We are thrilled that Kent-based company, Chapel Down, has produced this unique bottle of wine to celebrate our millionth visit. It is incredibly generous of them and it will be auctioned to support our activities. Turner Contemporary is a charity and we rely upon the support of private companies and individuals to keep our exhibitions free, and to deliver our school, family and community programmes. A huge thank you to Chapel Down.”