Wineries have been around for thousands of years, and over time some have embraced avant-garde architectural styles, becoming some of the most impressive architectural masterpieces standing around the world. From the exotic and intriguing New World wineries, to the more traditional Old World, we’ve selected the 15 modern wonders of the wine world, including out-of-this-world wineries and luxury wine hotels. So pour yourself a glass of wine, find a sense of wanderlust and discover them.
Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Alonso Balaguer + Partners
Photo credit: Bodegas Protos
The winery sits at the base of a small hill with a medieval castle on the top, and it’s not easy to say which of the two imposing structures caught more your attention. Bodegas Protos utilizes the subterranean area beneath the castle with more than 2 kilometres of tunnels and galleries used for ageing wine. The project was conceived as a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional wine cellar construction in the region. The aboveground structure, technically known as the “light structure”, is a reinterpretation of vault-shaped winery construction methods, made of parabolic arches of laminated wood.
Designed by Frank O. Gehr
Photo credit: http://www.hotel-marquesderiscal.com/
Marqués de Riscal is one of the most impressive contemporary masterpieces of the wine world. It’s a must-see if you’re traveling to Rioja. Traditional Spanish elements are joined with modern design to create an extraordinary architectural wonder.
3. Logowines Winery, Alentejo, Portugal
Designed by PMC Arquitectos
Photo credit: João Morgado
The winery assumes itself as an element that establishes a formal link between the traditions of the place and the dynamics of our days. Its structure presents a rectangular form composed of a volume coated with cork panels, intercepted by three “boxes”. It has a total of 3,780.00 m2 of construction, distributed in two floors, with one partially buried in order to offer the adequate temperature for wine storage and aging. The walls are panelled with cork, a natural form of insulation that avoids the need for air conditioning systems in the winery.
Design by Norman Foster
The winery’s greatest success lies in the optimal functionality of its different sections, perfectly set out from the centre of this “star” which has risen from the ground. The materials used to create this masterpiece are concrete, wood, steel and glass. Its 12,500 square metres are spread over three floors in the form of a star whose three points correspond to the different areas of the winemaking process. The central area, where the hopper for the harvested grapes is located over, also acts as a coordinating centre, including a tasting room, and auditorium, a meeting room and a café.
Designed by Archea Associati
Photo credit: Joanna Maclean
The innovative architecture is based on deep ties to the earth, from the external it seems a large hill with two “incisions” in a vineyard, in total harmony with the imposing landscape. With a brownish red colour, just like the earth, the cellars have been constructed with natural materials such as terracotta, wood, corten, and glass. A space suspended in time where the avant-garde converses with tradition, contemporary works with those of the historic family collection, continuing the centuries-old tradition of patronage of the Florentine nobility.
Designed by Bórmida & Yanzón
Photo credit: e-architect
The O. Fournier winery in Mendoza City, Argentina, sits in a plain with breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains. Looking like a spaceship from the future it is definitely a modern architecture masterpiece!
Designed by Jorge Gracia
Photo credit: Endemico
Above Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe stands a hidden gem of the New World wine, a winery and boutique hotel that blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape and the fertile wine-growing soils. Made from a combination of steel, glass and wood, each Eco-Loft is suspended above the valley with a breath-taking view of the vineyards, featuring its own private deck for wine lovers to enjoy the views, accompanied with the house wine and wood-fired chimeneas. With a great eno-gastronomical heritage, and direct access from California, this valley is home to Mexico’s largest wineries and offers a blend of innovation and traditions.
Designed by Jesus Marino Pascual
Photo credit: Bodegas Sommos
Uniqueness of shape and strength of the steel and glass materials are some of the elements that characterize this incredible winery. Surrounded by vineyards, it maintains harmony in which traditional winemaking inspires superb modern architecture.
Designed by Christian de Portzamparc
Photo credit: Gute Weine
Inspired by the concrete fermentation vats used by the world-famous château, the architect designed an amazing structure topped with a white concrete canopy, which appears to float weightlessly atop the vineyards. The barrel cellar below is described as “a crypt,” surrounded by perforated brick walls to allow natural ventilation.
Designed by Santiago Calatrava
Photo credit: http://buildipedia.com/
In one of the most beautiful parts of the Rioja wine region rises the imposing silhouette of this unique winery. The architect was inspired by the rows of casks used to age wines. The same can be said about its interior architecture, which is also avant-garde in style.
Designed by Luca e Marina Deabate
Photo credit: Select Italy
This winery’s highlight is the futuristic, spaceship-like observation deck that juts out over the vineyards, offering you a panoramic view of the estate. It’s hard to tell what is more impressive, the winery or the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage Landscape.
Designed by Piero Sartogo and Nathalie Grenon
Photo credit: Frescobaldi
The winery represents one of the most perfect combinations of innovation, technology and respect for the environment. Its modern structure embodies sleek features with a touch of rustic Tuscan charm, that integrates harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. The winery uses a sustainable vineyard management using solar panels combined with gravity-fed and naturally cooled underground cellars.
Designed by Mitch Hayhow
Photo credit: Waterkloof wines
This splendid building is a beacon of architectural excellence atop the magnificent Schapenberg Hills. Enclosed in a modern glass and concrete sphere, its “Cellar in the Sky” encompasses a “state-of-the-art” gravitational cellar, an innovative wine-tasting room and a glass-box restaurant for fine dining (and for admiring view of the uninterrupted hills).
Designed by Ignacio Urquiza Seoane y Bernardo Quinzaños Oria
Photo credit: Architizer
The winery is an exceptional green design constructed to blend in with the surrounding landscape. The walls of the winery were built using soil to evoke a connection between the wine and the earth from which the grapes are harvested. The beautifully thought-out masterpiece features locally-sourced materials and a clean, modern architecture.
Designed by Arnaldo Pomodoro
Photo credit: Tenute Lunelli
In the land of the famous Sagrantino di Montefalco, the Carapace is constituted by a large copper-covered dome, engraved with fissures that remind the furrows in the surrounding vineyards. A sculpted element in the form of a red dart plunging into the soil, highlights the work’s location in the landscape. Carapace is a masterpiece absolutely unique in the world, it is the first sculpture in which it is possible to live and work, “a place in which art and nature, sculpture and wine intermingle”.