Wine and Beauty: Italian Style

Meet some upscale design wineries

L'Acino (Piemonte)

"This project, finished in 2009, reflects the spirit of Ceretto, delicately balanced between tradition and innovation. The old farmhouse of the Monsordo-Bernardina estate has been integrated with a new space dedicated to wine tasting, sale of local products, and hosting professional and cultural events. 

 An area with a modern design, overlooking the beautiful hills of the Langhe. A light object, totally transparent, which blends harmoniously into the surrounding environment. The design has incorporated bold architecture and technology: a large oval bubble suspended in the vineyards to represent a grape".

The Cube (Piemonte)

"Located at the top of Bricco Rocche in Castiglione Falletto, the project saw an extension to the existing cellar. The design was aimed at creating an architecture-landscape that, being completely transparent, is placed as a sculpture in a unique and breathtaking environment. The Cube is a work of modern art and technology placed marked with a seal of tradition and preservation of a masterpiece of nature, Barolo. The Cube has sharp edges and a solid foundation, just like a young Barolo, with a robust structure and great longevity. The use of frameless glass, so as not to obstruct the view, allows complete indulgence of the surrounding landscape. The Bricco Rocche winery is actually located in the geographical center of the Barolo area".

The Mezzacorona (Trentino)

Since 1904, generations of families have devoted themselves to the cultivation of grapes, preserving the integrity of our territory with a sustainable approach. A passionate and skillful team of oenologists and agronomists work day by day in close contact with our vine growers following the entire product life cycle, in the vineyards, during harvesting time and up to the bottling phase.

Cantina Antinori - Archea Assiciati (Toscana)

The site is surrounded by the unique hills of Chianti, covered with vineyards, half-way between Florence and Siena. A cultured and illuminated customer has made it possible to pursue, through architecture, the enhancement of the landscape and the surroundings as expression of the cultural and social valence of the place where wine is produced. The functional aspects have therefore become an essential part of a design itinerary which centres on the geo-morphological experimentation of a building understood as the most authentic expression of a desired symbiosis and merger between anthropic culture, the work of man, his work environment and the natural environment. The physical and intellectual construction of the winery pivots on the profound and deep-rooted ties with the land, a relationship which is so intense and suffered (also in terms of economic investment) as to make the architectural image conceal itself and blend into it.

The purpose of the project has therefore been to merge the building and the rural landscape; the industrial complex appears to be a part of the latter thanks to the roof, which has been turned into a plot of farmland cultivated with vines, interrupted, along the contour lines, by two horizontal cuts which let light into the interior and provide those inside the building with a view of the landscape through the imaginary construction of a diorama.

Ca Marcanda (Toscana)

In 1996, Angelo Gaja purchased his second Tuscan property, called Ca’ Marcanda, located in Castagneto Carducci in Bolgheri. The focus at Ca’ Marcanda is on international grape varieties, and the estate’s 150 acres are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah vines.

Tenuta Castelbuono (Umbria)

"In 2001, fascinated by the ancient and almost mystical Region of Umbria and by a wine of extraordinary power and longevity like Sagrantino, the Lunelli family purchased Tenuta Castelbuono, an estate with 30 hectares of vineyards in the communes of Bevagna and Montefalco. Their efforts were initially concentrated on the vineyards, which have now been converted to organic methods. They planted new vines and improved the quality of the existing ones by means of a widespread clonal selection project. The Montefalco Sagrantino was launched in 2003, followed the year after by the Montefalco Rosso". 

Cascina Adelaide (Piemonte)

The good luck of living in the Langa obligates us to always give the best of ourselves. The love that we feel for our hills and, above all, our vineyards, impassions us to render us so strong as to be almost invincible. Fully aware of this passion, we’ve given new shape and form to our work environment because it will last in time.

The colours that surround it and the perfumes that animate it will enrapture future generations thereby perpetuating our family passion: for the lovely and the unique.

Barone Pizzini (Lombardia)

The winery represents a will to reduce environmental impact and to maximize energy savings. The architectural choices function to guarantee the ideal environment for producing wines that respect the environment. For this reason, two thirds of the building — 5,600 square meters — lie underground. This approach allowed the winery’s architect to employ bioclimatic strategies and solutions. Solar panels, a natural cooling system, the use of stone and wood, and phyto-purification of water are just some of the elements that have been employed to build it.

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