Started in Paris in 1891 by Alexandre Darracq (an eccentric who would later become famous for manufacturing automobiles), Gladiator was one of the dozens of bicycle companies that made their way into the market when the cycling craze boomed. The golden age of cycling reached its pinnacle in 1895 – and that same year printer G. Massias unveiled one of the great Parisian art posters showcasing the stylish Gladiator bicycle. Only four of these original posters are said to be in existence today.
The famed artwork that once showcased the stylish Cycles Gladiator now graces the bottles of our classic wines from Lodi. The mythological image of the nymph riding her winged bicycle captures the grace and uninhibited beauty of our hillside vineyards.