In recent years, more and more vineyards have sought to differentiate themselves, not only with their wines or their packaging, but also with their architecture and design. Castles (as above) and estates are no longer places of passage, but real destinations to visit. Here are some of the most beautiful wine cellars in the world!
Designed by Archea Associati, this property is located in Tuscany. The main points of interest of this installation are its spiral staircase and its roof planted with vines. The wells of lights bring to the building a beautiful natural light. The complex includes the offices of the company, a 200-seat auditorium, as well as a restaurant and a museum.
It is Tom Kundig who is at the origin of this gigantic perched complex. The buildings are covered with concrete made of planks and surround a central courtyard housing a bell tower 30 meters high. The Wine Education Center has a tapestry by Marc Chagall and a small theater.
The Bodegas Ysios was designed by Santiago Calatrava and completed in 2001 with a corrugated aluminum and cedar roof, reminiscent of the mountainous landscape. His name is a tribute to Isis and Osiris, Egyptian divinities closely linked to the world of wine.
Designed by Renzo Piano, Pritzker Prize winner, the Tuscan estate Rocca di Frassinello was opened in 2007. The winery combines traditional forms of Tuscan architecture and industrial themes. The rectangular tower contains heliostats that reflect light inside the building.
Located near the Tuscan village of Suvereto, the Swiss architect Mario Botta designed this establishment. There are classics of the architect: a cylindrical core and a green roof. The building remains anchored in the area, with an exterior clad in pink stones from Verona.
L’and Vineyards was designed and completed in 2011 by Promontorio. The exterior is bright white, inspired by the many buildings washed in the area. Ten suites have a retractable ceiling, allowing guests to relax in the starry nights of the region.
Frank Gehry’s city of wine complex for Marqués de Riscal winery in Elciego, Northern Spain, opened to the public in 2006. The idea was to dramatically renovate the winery, which had changed little since 1860 and encourage tourists to the town. The building’s exterior reflects the colours of wine – with huge titanium panels tinted in pink to represent the burgundy hues of Rioja. The silver is meant to be the foil that covers the cork, while gold represents the zig-zagging mesh that covers all Marqués de Riscal bottles. The complex’s surface is sheathed in titanium and stainless steel, the ‘skin’ hung over a series of giant squares of black rock with metallic wings.
Designed by Bormida & Yanzon, the structure is made of concrete, glass and stainless steel offering striking relief in a spectacular landscape.
The project was the subject of an architectural competition supervised by the San Francisco Museum of Art. It was Michael Graves who eventually won. The structure is supposed to remind the agricultural buildings of southern Europe, controlling and filtering the sunlight. You can also admire Jan Shrem’s impressive collection of modern works of art.
Located in one of the main wine regions of Spain, Bodegas Portia was designed by Foster + Partners and opened in 2010. In addition to many modern design elements (Cor-ten steel exterior walls, solar panel roofs), the structure incorporates an old-fashioned winemaking system, directed by gravity: When harvesting, the grapes are deposited on the roof, where they are processed and crushed, so that the juice then pours into the containers below.
The Opus One was designed by Scott Johnson and completed in 1991. The structure combines elements of traditional European architecture with a refined New World aesthetic.
In 1994, Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband, Cyril de Bournet, started growing grapes and making wine in the Colchagua Valley, Chile. Ten years later, they complete the construction of a centerpiece on a hill overlooking their estate. Designed by Amercanda Architects, the structure is made of wood, glass and steel on 6 levels . It looks a bit like a bird’s nest perched on the side of a mountain.
To celebrate its 125 th anniversary, the domain R. Lopéz Heredia has offered the services of Zaha Hadid, winner of the Pritzker Prize. The architect has created a white triangular structure, which serves as a “bridge between the past, the present, and the future evolution of its famous bodegas”.
It is in Similjan Radic that we owe the building in the center of the property. A large pool holds water used to cool down the lower levels. It is crisscrossed with concrete paths and decorated with boulders.
Designed by Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in June 2011, the cellar features two enormous waves of white concrete that rise magnificently out of the ground. There is a garden of wild grasses atop this artificial hill, whose gracious curves are overlooked by the château. The wine cellar lets in natural light and has a pure, simple design that seems out of time. It is entirely suited to Cheval Blanc.
The family manor, reconditioned by architect Alexandru Beldiman, maintains the Brâncovenesc style influences from the beginning of the 20th century, whereas the winery was designed as a ship situated at the top of the Dobrușa hill, perfectly integrated into the landscape, with its walls covered with Arnota limestone, with its lawn that goes up to the roof and the three wooden houses that delimit the terrace.