The elBulli Wine Cellar to be sold at Sotheby’s
On 3 April 2013 in Hong Kong and 26 April 2013 in New York, Sotheby’s will offer wines from the cellar of the now-shuttered El Bulli, the celebrated Catalan restaurant by Ferran Adrià. Founded over 50 years ago in 1961, elBulli was led by Ferran Adrià for the last 27 years.
Over the two sales, 8,807 bottles will be offered, with proceeds benefiting the elBulliFoundation, which will focus its activity on ‘Creativity.’ The Foundation will study the efficiency of the innovation processes, and how they are recorded and audited, using cooking as a language that interacts with other disciplines.
“ElBulli restaurant is transforming into the elBulliFoundation. Thanks to this sale, our work on gastronomic creativity can continue,” said Ferran Adrià.
The elBulliCellar comprises an exceptional and unique collection of wines, that was created and developed by Juli Soler and the elBulli sommelier team (Agustí Peris, Eloi Sànchez, Isabelle Brunet, Lucas Payà, David Seijas and Ferran Centelles). Due the transformation of elBulli, from a restaurant to a Foundation, Ferran Adrià decided this collection should be used to make a founding contribution to help ensure the successful launch of the elBulliFoundation.
“In order to make this possible, we contacted Sotheby’s, who have already shown themselves to be a very special and enthusiastic partner, immediately understanding the purpose of the elBulliFoundation. Thanks to Sotheby’s, we now have a wonderful objective: to raise funds for the elBulliFoundation. Both personally, and on behalf of all the elBulliFoundation team, I would like to thank collectors all over the world for their contributions,” said Ferran Adrià.