Design basements between beauty and territory

Cathedrals of wine, almost mysterious and elusive places where the most beautiful pagan miracle ever takes place: the transformation of the must into wine, the fermentation of the grapes and their refinement, once they become the liquid so rich in history and charm that has created culture for millennia. That wineries in Italyas in the world, they boast a capillary tradition consists of hard-working families who continue from generation to generation to project over time a circuit made of quality and experience. From the more rural and peasant dimension to real ecosystems living off interconnected disciplines: design, architectureto intervene in accordance with landscape new scenarios they create tourism eventful around wine. Design vineyards are the new trend that is now consolidated, thanks to new groups of wine entrepreneurs trying not to distort the most authentic dimension of this, but elevate it to a cycle of well-being and style. Here are the best, including futuristic interventions and rebuilds, which emphasize the connection with their territory.

Boroli Winery – Castiglione Falletto, Piedmont

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In the heart of one of the areas best suited for the production of important and long-developing reds, Barolo and Langhe Piemonte, there is this winery that combines the typical tradition of the area and a new vision attached to the production of wine. Cellar Boroli in Castiglione Falletto it rests on land where the most famous historic crus of Barolo is found, and the approximately eight acres of land surrounding the farmhouse are planted with Nebbiolo and Chardonnay. TO integration of the historic Cascina La Brunella, in 2006 a new vineyard was inaugurated with very special characteristics, which have perfectly combined tradition with modern building technologies, in absolute respect for nature and the landscape. The new basement, drawn by Guido Boroli (architect), of over 1,000 square meters, transports the visitor in the first person of the production process and connects him with the territory. In fact, the large windows in the tasting room make this winery unique and special for the view of the expanses of vineyards that surround it. To emphasize the connection with the production process of Italy’s most famous wine in the world, the exterior of the new structure is completely covered with solid oak, obtained by dismantling used and no longer usable barriques. From an aesthetic point of view, two results have been achieved: the memory of the Barolo production cycle (the essence of the use of oak) and a strong mimicry of the terroir that eliminates any visual impact. In addition to creating excellent natural thermal insulation.

Les Crêtes – Aymavilles, Aosta Valley

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Its shape is reminiscent of the nearby mountains, an anthem and a tribute to the area where this magnificent vineyard is located, namely the Aosta Valley. Yes the farm Les Crêtes it connects its history first and foremost with the Charrère family, which since the 1970s has managed the twenty hectares of vineyards in six municipalities in the Aosta Valley, and the impenetrable territory of this Italian region, which rightly defines this viticulture as heroic. With its annual production of 180,000 bottles, it is the largest private company operating in the region, and over the years it has managed to build a widespread reputation here and abroad thanks to its wines, strongly influenced by the surrounding alpine climate that cultivates native varieties and international. In addition to being productive excellence, the winery Les Crêtes is also a beautiful example of how architecture can blend in with the special conditions of the surrounding area. Yes, The winter refuge – the name of the new building – is a structure of about 170 square meters built next to the company’s historic vineyard. An ambitious project: a union of wine, mountain culture and architecture. Signed by the architect Domenico Mazza by Courmayeur, had a special mention in the international competition “Le cathedrali del Vino”, a parallel event of the Venice Biennale. Its shape is reminiscent of the nearby mountains with a laminated wooden roof and vertical glass panel. When you enter, you can experience a sensory experience, with an area dedicated to essences and a library of books from the Aosta Valley and wine, all this a place where you can sit down, read, drink a glass and observe the view.

Feudo di Mezzo Winery – Etna, Sicily

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A vineyard that totally merges with this peculiar territory: volcanic Sicily, earthly and true, daring and brave to show a new side of itself. Not just old stereotypes that make it dream yes to the rest of the world, but a Sicily-united and aware of the beauty, peculiarities and biodiversity of its vast heritage. From these assumptions it arises Feudo di Mezzo winery, owned by the Planeta family, who lead the eponymous empire based on wine. We are located in the area near Catania, on the slopes of Mount Etna, which gives this area its characteristic features. And right here is Cantina Feudo di Mezzo, one of the six created by Planeta in general Sicily, each unique in its own way. In a barycentric position between the vineyards of Sciaranuova and Montelaguardia, just south of the center of Passopisciaro, this wonderful vineyard is the result of a careful restoration work of an already existing old vineyard and careful study of the landscape in which it is planted. The area where it was created was actually affected by the lava flow in 1566: an area where Etna Doc Planeta comes to life today. The structure of the basement is a pure tribute to this tradition: a lava rock garden, from which the basement itself comes to life. Structural minimalism, only natural elements of volcanic origin, for a result that breaks down the distance between nature and human intervention.

Château Pédesclaux – Pauillac, France

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On the banks of Garonne, the river that cuts the region of Aquitaine in two, where the city of Bordeaux rises, is this castle or rather château. An incredible structure that boasts 200 years of history and which today, under the leadership of the Lorenzetti family of entrepreneurs, continues its metamorphosis, taking it directly to a new dimension, guided by organic and sustainable principles in both agriculture and in design. Since 2009, those who have worked with the regeneration of Château Pédesclaux made a number of crucial decisions both in the vineyard and in the cellar. The vineyards have been restructured and acquired new important plots, and work on environmentally friendly methods that will soon achieve the official organic certification mark. This complete development is also visible in the unique architecture of the castle and the cellar: an extraordinary technological achievement carefully designed to allow the maximum possible expression of the Pédesclaux terroir. The remodeling and metamorphosis led by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte is extraordinary, transforming this structure into a unique architecture that is also a perfect balance of technology. By incorporating the old castle in a double structure of glass and innovative materials, the clarity of the place and the wine produced is emphasized, creating unforgettable games of refraction and transparency.

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