Top 13 design wineries in Tuscany: A fusion of art and taste

In Tuscany, the wine route is also an architectural journey thanks to the contribution of star architects who have signed countless projects since the 1990s, creating a true phenomenon. Impressive buildings, perfectly integrated with the surrounding landscape, designed and built with the latest technology. They are authentic temples of wine that have opened their doors to visits and tastings. Different from each other, some attached to tradition, others conceived with an eye on the future, but all immersed in a territory and a nature of singular charm.

The largest concentration of these magnificent wineries is in the provinces of Grosseto and Livorno, where Rocca di Frassinello, Le Mortelle, Colle Massari, Tenuta dell’Ammiraglia, Petra, Tenuta Argentiera and Caiarossa are located. In the Arezzo area you will find Podere di Pomaio and Il Borro, while in the Florence area you will find Antinori Nel Chianti Classico. In the Siena area there are Castello di Fonterutoli, Cantina di Montalcino and Salcheto.

This is where you can admire and visit the most spectacular Tuscan architectural cellars, designed by the world’s greatest architects of contemporary architecture.

Il Borro – San Giustino Valdarno, Arezzo (province)

Immersed in an area rich in art and culture located between Florence, Arezzo and Siena, Il Borro represents an open window on history. The origins of the Il Borro borgo date back to the Tuscan Middle Ages. The Medici, the Savoys and, today, the haute couture family represented by Ferruccio Ferragamo and his children have safeguarded its preciousness, keeping its charm intact and transforming the estate into an oasis strongly dedicated to respect for the environment. .

The farm has an area of ​​1,100 hectares, 85 of which are dedicated to viticulture. After a meticulous and conservative restoration of the medieval borgo, the 19th century villa and the century-old winery, Il Borro is today a luxury tourist destination. The new winery was designed by the architect Elio Lazzarini and is perfectly harmonized with the existing structures.

Antinori – Chianti Classico, San Casciano Val di Pesa, Florence (province)

Hidden among olive trees, forests and vineyards, the winery immediately stands out as one of the most interesting industrial design projects in the world. The official “Building of the Year” award is also due to the low environmental impact and high energy savings that distinguish the project. Natural materials such as terracotta, wood and corten, give life to the winery, attesting to the deep and rooted bond with the land, respecting the beauty of this space to the maximum.

In this winery, tradition and innovation coexist harmoniously, superbly narrating the past, present and future of the Antinori family. The winery was built by the Archea Associati studio, following the instructions of the Antinori family and seven years of dedicated work.

Podere di Pomaio – Arezzo (provinces)

The Eco-Bodega is the result of the owners’ philosophy, expressed in the Think Green project and taken to its maximum substantial and formal manifestation. The bio-architectural winery with its Etruscan-inspired amphitheatre, built from the Cyclopean boulders found during excavations, is one of a kind.

Architect Marisa Lo Cigno and surveyor Pier Ferruccio Rossi implemented extreme green building practices. Among the design techniques, there is also the fascinating method of the cyclopean walls dating from the Etruscan era. The commitment to maintain at least 45% of the farm’s forests to compensate for the low carbon dioxide emissions is also essential in the green project.

Rocca di Frassinello – Maremma, municipality of Gavorrano, Grosseto (province)

World famous architect Renzo Piano designed this winery. He conceived a warehouse with essential shapes, enhancing the functionality of the factory. Rocca di Frassinello represents the first joint venture between Italy and France in viticulture thanks to the synergy between Paolo Panerai, owner of Castellare di Castellina in Chianti Classico, and Domaines Barons de Rothschild, owner of Château Lafite.

Renzo Piano’s project has improved functionality by paying special attention to the use of gravity in the winemaking process, in order to guarantee the highest quality of wines. Piano has placed the barrel cellar in the center, underground, to keep the humidity and temperature naturally stable.

Colle Massari Winery – Maremma. Cinigiano, Grosseto (provinces)

Located in the Maremma area, in Cinigiano, the Colle Massari winery was designed by the architect Edoardo Milesi, according to the principles of green construction and bioclimatic engineering.

The winery is the result of a careful project analysis where concepts such as energy saving, ecological construction, quality of the workplace, bioclimatic engineering have guided the design and the precise choice of each of the components and materials. Here, the grapes and wine are handled using a “gravity fall” process without ever using electromechanical pumps.


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Farm Ammiraglia – Maremma, Magliano in Toscana, Grosseto (province)

Lately, a number of winemakers have built cellars underground, as temperatures are better controlled in such conditions. At Tenuta Ammiraglia, it seems as if the architect Piero Sartogo raised a strip of land to carve a long, thin slit in the natural slope of the land.

For more than seven centuries, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi has been the symbol of Tuscan wine production. Suffice it to say that their wines filled the glasses of the greatest Renaissance artists such as Donatello, and reached the tables of the Papal Court of Leo X and King Henry VIII of England. The new Tenuta dell’Ammiraglia, inaugurated in 2011, was designed with a futuristic look by the architect Piero Sartogo in the heart of the fascinating Maremma.

Tenuta Ammiraglia is open to visits and tastings and it is also possible to organize lunches, aperitifs and events by reservation.

Le Mortelle – Castiglion della Pescaia, Grosseto (province)

The name derives from the wild myrtle, a plant sacred to Venus in ancient times and which today characterizes the coastal areas of southern Tuscany. The company has been owned by the Marquises Antinori since 1999. This great noble family, active in the wine sector since the 14th century, has decided to focus on an emerging area in the Italian wine scene, entrusting the cellar to Studio Idea Firenze.

Tenuta Argentiera – Donoratico, Livorno (province)

It is located on a plateau where, during Etruscan times, there were natural springs and silver mines, hence its name Argentiera. This estate has as its horizon the wonderful sea of ​​the Etruscan Coast and is located just one hundred kilometers from Florence.

Dedicated to the production of DOC Bolgheri wines, the company is owned by the Fratini brothers, while the architectural project for the winery was conceived by Studio Stefano and Bernardo Tori Associati. The highlight is the splendid barrel cellar with a splendid vaulted ceiling housing 1,200 barrels.

Caiarossa. North Maremma, Riparbella, Livorno (province)

A few steps from the Tyrrhenian Sea dominated by the vineyards and the winery, the estate is located on the slopes of Monte Amiata, in the northern area of ​​Maremma. The vineyards are located within the DOCG Montecucco Sangiovese, between the Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano areas. The estate is owned by the Albada Jelgersma family, who also own Château Giscours and Château du Tertre, two Grands Crus Classés in Margaux. The name Caiarossa pays homage to the soils that are characterized by the presence of deep red jasper, rocks and gravel.

Petra – Suvereto, Livorno (province)

Cantina Petra was designed by one of the greatest personalities of contemporary architecture: the Swiss Mario Botta. Among the awards received during his fruitful career, the Merit Award for Excellence in Design and the European Culture Award stand out. His works have now become history: the Watari-um art gallery in Tokyo, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rovereto, and the renovation of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan just for name a few.

Fonterutoli Castle – Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Siena (province)

According to Decanter’s consulting editor, Steven Spurrier: “It is the most impressive winery in the entire Chianti area.” This is the new building of the Fonterutoli Castle, the work of the architect Agnese Mazzei, who has already designed other oenological buildings, including the Sassicaia barrel cellar.

The winery has a low environmental impact and is distributed over three floors. The heart of the winery is the underground level where 3,500 barrels rest between spectacular exposed rocks that look like a painting.

Salcheto – Montepulciano, Siena (province)

In this organic and biodynamic winery, wines are mainly made with the emblematic vine of Tuscany: Sangiovese, without added sulphites and with native yeasts. Salcheto is a winery rooted in the Vino Nobile district whose name derives from the stream that rises at the foot of Montepulciano. The creek flows into a valley that was once graced with willow trees. The branches of these trees were used to tie vines.

Cantina di Montalcino – Montalcino, Siena (province)

It is the only wine cooperative that produces one of the best Italian red wines: Brunello di Montalcino. The guidelines for this project were conceived by the architect Tommaso Giannelli, who carried out the renovation with careful respect for the environment and tradition. The winery is partially underground and electricity is produced by photovoltaic systems.

Daniela De Luca is CEO of Home in Italy. Home in Italy is a luxury villa rental company that has been offering high-end vacation villa experiences in the best regions of Italy since 1993.

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