The history of Moselland ArsVitis goes back to the 1990s.
Originally, Moselland ArsVitis showed the so-called Vinorell paintings by the winegrower and artist Heinz Ames.
Heinz Ames was born on April 14th, 1926 as a son of a winegrower in the village of Kinheim in the Mosel valley. He was born with a talent for drawing. At the age of 18, he was drafted into the Second World War as a soldier, but fortunately was very quickly taken prisoner by the US military in France. Even in prison, he attracted attention with his critical cartoons. Back home, he took over the family winery in 1946, as his father did not return from the war. He was a passionate winegrower with a love and respect for nature.
When his wife died in 1990, he leased the winery and devoted all his passion to painting. He was a true autodidact. For his favorite subject, the Mosel valley, he mainly used the watercolor technique.
As he always enjoyed a glass of good Riesling while painting, one day he came up with the idea of exchanging water for wine. This led to more brilliant and clearer colors. The Vinorell was born.
He then used this technique to paint his favorite scenes of the Mosel from its source in the French Vosges to Koblenz, where the Mosel flows into the Rhine. Because of his passion for all things French, he was nicknamed “Monsieur Ames”.
Heinz Ames passed away in spring 2014. Since then, further Mosel valley scenes have been produced in memory of Heinz Ames.
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