Alcoholic Architecture

by | 28. Jul 2016


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.

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La Rocca Winery

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.


Bodegas Portia

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 landscape.


Bazaltbor Winery

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.

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Bodegas Ysios Winery

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.

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Petra Winery

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 vegetation. 


Dominus Winery

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.

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