Architecture and wine, a book about wineries

Architecture and wine, a book about wineries

For many enthusiasts today, the pleasure of enjoying good wine also extends to the satisfaction of visiting wineries that, increasingly more often, are works of great architectural value.

Examples include – in Tuscany – Mario Botta’s rationalist totem for Petra, the square-town by Renzo Piano for Rocca di Frassinello, and the big green roof by Archea Associati for Antinori. This trend has become widespread in the best wineries; in our peninsula, it goes all the way from Etna to Bolzano, passing through the unmissable Chianti, breathing life into functional production spaces where architects freely experiment with forms and materials.

Fiorenzo Valbonesi, Cantina del Bruciato, Bolgheri. (ph. Cornelia Suhan)

You go from micro-perforated zinc-titanium sheet metal, to pigmented cement blocks, from glass towers to the elegant mimicry of helical vortices that rework the profiles of hillsides. An interesting typological adventure, traced by the volume Nuove Cantine Italiane (New Italian Wineries), which through a rich collection of photographs, drawings and short descriptions, presents eleven recent projects. Productive structures but also places that amaze and welcome, capable of attracting visitors and promoting alternative hedonistic tourism, far from the usual destinations.

Matteo Clerici, FONDAMENTA, Hus, Cantina dei 5 Sogni, Monforte d’Alba. (ph. Marco Cappelletti)

Nuove Cantine Italiane. Territori e Architetture
Edited by Roberto Bosi and Francesca Chiorino
Electa Architettura, 2022
144 pages (with 140 illustrations), €28

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