Grape meets proportion, barrel meets structure, bouquet meets design.
Yet another reason to visit the magnificent region of Tuscany has arrived. The Toscana Wine Architecture project has opened its doors to wine lovers and enthusiasts of modern architecture alike. The project brings together some of Tuscany's great wineries with several of the most noted names of modern architecture including Renzo Piano, Mario Botta and Tobia Scarpa to transform the look of these local wine estates.
The unifying theme for each of these designer wineries is a deep respect and eye for the principles of eco-friendly architecture. Here attention has been paid to a reduction in energy consumption and the use of local materials used in the building process. Several of the wineries involved in the project have also created modern art exhibits which can also be viewed by visitors to their estates.
Fourteen Tuscan wineries participated in this project and a stop at these splendid works of modern architecture is surely worth a visit. Some of the names are Cantina Salcheto in Moltepulciano, Podere di Pomaio in Arezzo designed by the architect Marisa LoCigno and the surveyor PierFerrucio Rossi, Cantina Petra in Suvereto designed by Mario Botta, Cantina Collemassari in Cingiano, Cantina di Fonterutoli in Castellina in Chianti, Fattoria Le Mortelle near Castiglione della Pescaia, Tenuta Argentiera located in Doronatico, Cantina di Monatalcino, Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia in Magliano in Toscana and Cantina Antinori in San Casciano Val di Pesa created by the studio Archea Associati.
Notable amongst these creative liaisons between the world of wine and modern architecture are the wineries Fattoria delle Ripalte with its large parallelepiped design by architect Tobia Scarpa located in Capoliveri, Il Borro in San Giustino Valdarno owned by Ferruccio Ferragamo and designed by Elio Lazzerini, Cantina Caiarossa in Riparbella by Michael Bolle and finally Rocca di Frassinello owned by Domini Castellare located in Castellina and designed by Renzo Piano.
All fourteen wineries included in Toscana Wine Architecture are open for tours. Each and every one is beautiful and perfectly blends in with the surrounding landscape. Here visitors can learn about specific wines while getting a closer look at the work of world-renowned architects. For information on available itineraries visit the project's website.