In recent years, many vineyards have risen to become very famous for not just their wines alone but for the design of their facilities. Thanks to the artistic contributions from skillful building designers who are creating rich masterpieces from the architecture of modern wineries. From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the cave cellars of Napa Valley, the discipline of winery architecture is no doubt, producing some of the world’s most incredible buildings.
Here are some of the best wineries standing around the world today with gorgeous architectural features.
Located in Napa Valley, Opus One is one of the very few wineries that made an early entry in the statement-winery movement. Before its untoward completion in 1991, Scott Johnson of Johnson, Fain & Pereira took charge of the design of this prestigious winery. Basically, the building was designed to represent the unique partnership between the label’s founders, Robert Mondavi - the legendary winemaking pioneer of California – and Baron Philippe de Rothschild – from the venerable Chateau Mouton Rothschild dynasty in France. Along with a pared-down New World aesthetics, the structure combines traditional European architectural elements.
Bodegas Portia is situated in one of the foremost wine-producing regions of Spain, Ribera del Duero. The winery with is notable for its old-fashion gravity-driven winemaking system is also famous for its many modern design elements including rooftop solar panels and Cor-Ten steel exterior walls. Launched in 2010, the winery was designed by Foster + Partners.
In Calistoga, California lies a famous winery that presents a reminiscent of southern European agrarian buildings. Basically, the structure was an aftermath of an architectural competition held in 1984. The project which was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Art was completed by the winner, Michael Graves. The structure was designed to filter and control sunlight before relating to the landscape via the materials and colors. Interestingly, the building does not only serve as a winery but also houses the impressive collection of modern art of its owner, Jan Shrem. Works by Cesar Baldaccini, Henry Moore, and Jean Dubuffet can also be found here.
O. Fournier Winery
Completed in 2007, this modern stainless-steel, glass and concrete structure was designed by Bormida Yanzon. Sitting right in Mendoza, Argentina, this spectacular winery is nestled rounded by a picturesque range of surrounding mountains, jutting straight up from the vineyards.
Marques de Riscal
In a bid to build a structure that would serve as the hub of its new City of Wine, Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry was commissioned by a winery in Elciego, Spain for the job. Completed in 2006, Gehry’s building featured an evocative pink-hued titanium exterior. Interestingly, the structure also houses a Caudalie spa, restaurant, and a hotel thereby making it a one-stop spot for every wine taster.
By: Blake Smith