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Equivino™ represents the convergence of two of my greatest passions: horses and wine. I was born in Spain, where food and wine, family and friends, are constantly celebrated. While growing up, I developed an appreciation for meals in which carefully-prepared foods and wine, drunk in moderation, were the stimulus for rich conversations. My family also owned horses. Grazing in pastures surrounded by olive trees, these magnificent creatures formed the backdrop of daily life.

Today, I live in Washington, DC, where I continue to savor the taste of fine wine and ride whenever I can. A professor of literature and cultural studies, I am writing a book about the archetypal presence of horses in literature and film. Several years ago, I started collecting wine labels depicting horses. The enthusiasm of friends and acquaintances for these images led me to launch EquiVino™ so that I could share my passion for “horse art” as expressed on wine labels.

The labels, originating in 15 countries, tell the story of the relationship between humans and horses throughout the ages – from crude images of horses painted on the walls of prehistoric caves to elegant depictions of knights on horseback, from images of hard-working draft horses to hard-riding cowboys and gauchos, and from realistic to stylized representations of horses as abstract art. Whether it is the ancient Greek figure of Pegasus or Don Quixote’s Rocinante, we start to see the essential role of horses in human history – and in the human psyche. I believe these animals, more than any other, symbolize the human desire for wholeness.

Equivino™ celebrates the relationship between humans and horses – as well as the passion and hard work of vintners around the world. In recognition of the enormous contribution of horses to humanity, 15% of all proceeds is donated to the care and support of retired Thoroughbred racehorses.

Equivino is proud to support the awarding of student scholarships by the Texas Equine Veterinary Association and equine research carried out by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Francisco LaRubia-Prado, PhD