Sept. 20, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- World-class wines, automobiles and art converge on
when General Motors and Cadillac present "The Art of Wine," the 31
Annual Detroit International Wine Auction (DIWA). The event, which benefits
College for Creative Studies
, will be held for the first time at the GM Design Center.
Chairing the auction and gala are
Edward T. Welburn, Jr.
, vice president, GM Global Design and CCS trustee; and his wife,
Rhonda D. Welburn
of the law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC. Organizers hope to exceed the
raised last year to fund undergraduate scholarships at CCS and art classes for at-risk youth in
Guests will get a rare glimpse inside the GM Design Center and adjacent Design Dome, internationally recognized for their midcentury Modern architecture.
"The College for Creative Studies is such a jewel in
's creative economy, and among the premier automotive and transportation design schools in the world," said Welburn. "During GM Design's 85th anniversary this past June, we celebrated design innovation and its power to differentiate great brands. This event helps make it possible to attract, educate and retain a new generation of designers who will lead our global industry into the future."
of Numanthia – known for its iconic, award-winning wines from Toro in northwestern
– is this year's featured vintner. The Numanthia Estate is owned by LVMH, world leader of luxury goods which also includes a unique portfolio of prestigious wine and spirits brands, such as Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon, Chateau Cheval Blanc, Cloudy Bay,
, Belvedere and Hennessy.
Numanthia's powerful yet elegant wines are produced from Tinta de Toro, a single varietal from the Tempranillo grape family. The Numanthia Estate's first vineyards were planted in 1880, and Numanthia's Termanthia wine, for example, is produced from grapes grown on ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines that are more than 120 years old.