The famous Italian Chianti wine comes from an area between Florence and Siena in the Tuscany region, which is also where the family-run Antinory Winery was established in 1385.
The 628-year-old vintner has recently asked the architectural studio Archea Asssociati to create a building in the Chianti countryside that would satisfy both the production needs of the family and demonstrate their attachment to the local land and vineyards.
Since the start, the project’s main focus was to be “invisible”, hidden underneath the earth in complete harmony with the landscape. The façade lies horizontally on the naturally sloping land marked by rows of vines. The opening slits reveal the underground interior where you can find the offices, exhibition areas and a dark cellar where the temperature is naturally kept cool by the depths of the earth.
The winery is built with natural materials such as terracotta, wood, corten steel and glass, and takes on the brown-reddish colours of the earth. It is designed to welcome visitors and show all the phases of wine production, the history of the Antinori family and the gastronomic culture of the area.
Images © Archea Associati and Antinori