No this post isn't implying that architectural design is aided by a few drinks. We're infact looking this week at the beautiful result when wine-makers and architects team up. Wineries are characterized by their beautiful landscape settings, large open-span spaces and the chance for architects with materiality and form. We've rounded up six of the best of them for our ongoing summer article series.
Designed by Italian architect, Renzo Piano, La Rocca Winery
revisits the traditional forms of Tuscan architecture within a
modern, industrially inspired frame. Sited on a hill surrounded by
vineyards and woods the building beautifully blends in with the
Tuscan landscape. By utilizing the hill the building is sited on,
Piano has designed a deep basement cellar that keeps the wine at
the ideal temperature and humidity.
The Bodegas Portia is located in the Ribera del Duero, one of
Spain's foremost wine-producing regions, approximately 150
kilometers north of Madrid. The project was an opportunity for
Norman Foster and Partners to look at the winery building type,
using the natural topography of the site to aid the winemaking
process and create the optimum working conditions, while reducing
the building's energy demands and its visual impact on the
The Bazaltbor Winery is located at the foot of Badacsony, the
highest southern Witness Hill in the Tapolca-basin, Hungary. The
steep regions between the base of the hills and upper regions have
often been transformed into terraces, as the loamy basalt debris is
excellent for growing grape vines.PLANT have interpreted this
combination of basalt and grapevines to create a minimalistic form
using prefabricated concrete panels with a pattern of imprinted
grapevines climbing and twisting around them.
The Bodegas and Bebidas group wanted a building that would be an
icon for its prestigeous new wine "la Rioja Alavesa" and at the
same time accomodate the precise and rigorous program of spaces
needed to make, store and sell wine. Santiago Calatrava designed a
building for them that is conceived as an element completely
integrated in the surrounding landscape and, at the same time, as
an autonomous site-specific sculpture.
Designed by famous Swiss architect, Mario Botta, this winery is
set on a hillside overlooking a broad expanse of vineyards in
Suvereto, Italy. The Petra Winery presents itself to visitors as a
cylinder in Prun stone, cut across by a diagonal plane set parallel
to the slope, with two porticoed wings facing seaward. Like other
works by Botta, this image of a constructed central volume with a
powerfully plastic image and the barchesse - porticoes - on the
sides creates a striking form in the Tuscan countryside, where the
land is embroidered with patterns created by
Completed in 1997 by the Pritzker winning architects, Herzog and de Meuron, the Dominus Estate Winery in Napa Valley, California, is perfectly integrated into its landscape through the use of a gabion facade that makes the building dissolve into its surrounding landscape. This effect of transparency offers panoramic views of the vineyard from the winery and underscores the importance of the vineyard in the production of great wine.
Last updated: July 28, 2016