SATYRICON Frontman Launches His Own Wine

Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven, renowned vocalist/guitarist of the Norwegian black metal band SATYRICON, has partnered with Luca Roagna, a fifth-generation winemaker from Piedmont, Italy, to launch Satyr's own brand of wine. Wongraven has apparently chosen the best wines from the Roagna winery and is making them available with his name on each bottle in gothic letters and black background with an outline illustration of the devil on the label.

Two wines are currently available from the Wongraven brand:

* Langhe Rosso Alleanza Nero di Wongraven 2009

* Barolo Unione Nero di Wongraven 2006

Wongraven and Roagna first met in the spring of 2003 while SATYRICON was on tour in Italy and spent several months earlier this year creating two classic wines that represent a combination of Roagna's skilled vineyard work and Satyr's vision of traditional Piedmontese wines.

"When I explain my role in the process to musician friends who have no knowledge of wine, I tell them that Luca created the songs and recorded the album, while I mixed it," Wongraven told in a recent interview.

Authenticity is the common denominator in Satyr's music and wine.

Wongraven admits that he himself is skeptical when he sees other people lending their names to wine brands.

"I think that people who know me understand why I have chosen to lend my name to these wines," he explained. "I have made wines that I am proud of."


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