Architecture – Italian architecture magazine CASABELLA presents the exhibition New Italian Wineries: Territories and Architecture [at Kunst Merano Arte in via Portici 128, Merano – October 29-November 20]. Curators Roberto Bosi and Francesca Chiorino have selected ten wineries built from the Alps to Sicily in the past ten years.
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With over 20.000 wineries open to the public, wine tourism is an essential component of the fine wine and food sector. Indeed, with 2.65 billion euros in 2020, it is the second tourist attraction Italy has to offer after art. “The sector’s development has led winegrowers to identify architecture as the most suitable instrument to represent the originality of their vocation and the quality of their products.” Explains co-curator Roberto Bosi.
“Wine is a very intriguing product. [Like architecture,] it includes all the circumstances, a mix of temporary and historical conditions and human philosophy.” Say Maurizio Zito and Hikaru Mori of ZITOMORI studio. “Wine has a unique and special attribute, and each vintage is different; it lasts and continues to evolve. We’re a little part of history and the environment, but architecture and wine stand the test of time. Our Masseto winery in Tuscany will continue to evolve.”
Cantina Antinori by Archea Associati
San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Tuscany – 2013.
A few kilometers south of Florence, Archea Associati created the Antinori winery, a striking architecture and a true tourist attraction submerged into the surrounding landscape of the Chianti region. Two slits in the hill mark the winery’s presence, lit by dozens of skylights set in the roof, and alternating with land planted with vines. The building hosts Antinori’s headquarters with adjoining offices, catering, sales, and exhibition spaces, as well, naturally, as those for production and areas for refining and aging wine.
Cantina de Il Bruciato by ASV3
Località Migliarini, Donoratico, Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany – 2018.
ASV3 Officina di Architettura created Antinori’s winery Il Bruciato in Bolgheri in the province of Florence. The architecture’s steeping angular silhouette is clad with zinc titanium sheets under a large laminated wood roof. The architects nurtured their creative concepts from ancient rural settlements integrated with today’s specific environmental and technical construction parameters.
Cantina Planeta, Feudo di Mezzo by Albanese and Gulino
Passopisciaro, Castiglione di Sicilia, Sicily – 2013.
On the fertile slopes of the Etna volcano, the Cantina Planeta Feudo di Mezzo by Santi Albanese and Gaetano Gulino enhances the dark landscape forged by lava flows and yellow flowering broom. Three simple buildings clad in lava stone dialogue with each other under intense skies and Mediterranean light.
Cantina Gorgo by Bricolo+Falsarella
Località Gorgo, Custoza, Veneto – 2020.
Local stones are the main material of the Gorgo winery designed by Bricolo+Falsarella studio in Cuztoza, between Verona and Lake Garda. “Taking a cue from the vernacular heritage of the area, we have proposed a reinterpretation of the rural typology of the Brolo, a model of hybrid space between inside and outside that has persisted for centuries in the local countryside.” Explain the architects.
Cantina Podernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto
Località Le Vigne, Palazzone in San Casciano dei Bagni, Tuscany – 2013.
Italian and Japanese principles merge and coexist in Alvisi Kirimoto’s Podernuovo winery for Bulgari at San Casciano dei Bagni in the province of Siena. The architecture was conceived as an extension of the arable landscape and labor culture. The building emerges from the ground with four parallel concrete walls of varying heights made of exposed concrete mixed with pigments from the Sienese soil.
Nals Margreid by Markus Scherer
Nalles, Trentino Alto Adige – 2019.
The Nals Margreid winery complex by Markus Scherer is embedded in the Italian South Tyrol scenery of wine and fruit. The village and cantina harbor the different winemaking areas under a single roof and on several levels, leaving the barrel room visible on the ground floor.
Cantina Pacherhof by Bergmeisterwolf
Novacella, Varna, Trenitno Alto Adige – 2018.
The Cantina Pacherhof by Bergmeisterwolf studio in South Tyrol largely extends underground. Inspired by traditional farmhouses, a pyramidal tower at the centre of the estate is clad in panels of darkened bronze that will change colour over time, like the surrounding rocks and Alpine skyline. The building houses the laboratory and a room for wine tasting on the first floor, while wine production begins in the basement.
Cantina Masseto by ZITOMORI
Frazione Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany – 2018.
The Masseto winery by ZITOMORI in the Leghorn province is only visible from the inside and is conceived as a cavernous concrete quarry. The ‘negative’ architecture is obtained from extracting volumes of enormous mass rather than construction. “We chose cast-in-place reinforced concrete as a primary construction material, to symbolize a monolithic mass, as a local blue clay.” Explain the architects. Horizontal lines on the concrete walls evoke rocks’ geological stratifications.
The Cantina dei 5 Sogni by Matteo Clerici, FONDAMENTA and Hus
Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont – 2019.
The Cantina dei 5 Sogni is built entirely out of concrete. Designed by Matteo Clerici, FONDAMENTA, and Hus in the emblazoned Langhe winemaking area, the winery has a large pitched roof resting on a base with complex forms. The tension between the juxtaposition of the two elements is further heightened by the different choices of composition and colors of the concrete. The ambiguity is also perceptible from the interior, where the landscape is embodied in domesticity, and the structure takes on a majestic and primitive appearance.
Cantina Pizzolato by MADE associati
Villorba, Veneto – 20216.
The Pizzolato winery in the province of Treviso has been producing organic wines for more than thirty years. MADE associati’s intervention connected existing winemaking warehouses with new buildings for educational visits and outdoor communal spaces. The principal material composed of Beechwood planks visually connects different areas. The homogeneous language comes from the world of agriculture to represent the company’s image, values, and commitment to organic production.
Photos by Kunst Merano Arte and the studios.