Recently, the field of wine has become a source of artistic expression. Many vineyards call upon architects to transform their cellars and create places that delight our taste buds as well as our eyes. Acumen shares with you four of these architectural follies.
Bodegas Ysios, Spain
In the heart of the wine region of La Rioja, the Ysios winery reveals unparalleled architecture. It is the work of the Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava, completed in 2001. Made of aluminum and warmly colored wood, the winery’s undulating silhouette is an ode to the peaks of the Sierra de Cantabria, the mountain range that surrounds the vineyard.
Camino de La Hoya s/n
01300 Laguardia – Álava España
La Petra Winery, Italy
In the heart of Tuscany, the Petra winery embodies the precepts of Swiss architect Mario Botta with its cylindrical shape, slightly inclined, and its green roof of olive trees. Completed in 2003, the winery, nevertheless, stands out from the architect’s other creations. It is truly rooted in the regional culture, using the local raw pink stone.
San Lorenzo Alto, 131
57028 Suvereto – Livorno Italia
Château Cheval Blanc, France
In 2011, Château Cheval-Blanc called upon the French architect Christian de Portzamparc, winner of the 1994 Pritzker Prize, to create a new winery for the estate. The result is a sleek building whose curved concrete structure seems to float in the middle of the vines like the sails of a boat.
Château Cheval Blanc
33330 Saint-Émilion – France
Lahofer Winery, Czech Republic
Designed by the architectural studio Chybik + Kristof, the Lahofer winery in the heart of the Czech countryside fascinates with its sloping, accessible roof. Made entirely of concrete, the winery is a structural alliance between the surrounding agricultural landscape and the vernacular architecture of the region.
Vinařství LAHOFER, a.s.
Vinice 579, 671 82 Dobšice – Znojmo Česká republika