🍷Famous Sustainable Tuscan Winery Merges Delicately with Nature 🍷
Chianti Classico and Antinori are almost synonymous but the Antinori family isn’t one to rest on its reputation…Susan introduces us to their innovative and futuristic approach to wine making…
Buried underground and nearly invisible to the eye, the Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar just north of Florence has introduced a new wave of architecture by using a design that merges sensitively with nature. This Hobbit-style complex embraces sustainability and green thinking on a grand scale, making it very unique in a world that is slow to change. Vines grow in neat rows across the roof of the entire linear building, cultivated to blend with the surrounding vineyards…
Located halfway between Florence and Siena, the Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar lies in the Bargino countryside of the Chianti Classico region.
The Antinori family has been producing wine for over 600 years, spanning 26 generations. Their desire to perfect the entire production process and to achieve excellence inspired them to create their new wine cellars, where they have relocated their offices from the family palace in the city center of Florence.
Every act in the building process has considered the surrounding natural environment as a sacred responsibility to nurture and embrace. The results, the accomplishment of an eight-year long project, are dynamic.
The Cantina sits on nearly 35 acres. Some 17,000 piles were driven into the unstable ground to support the construction. Afterwards, the dirt hill was restored on top of the complex, creating a gentle and natural slope to the land.
Inside the magnificent structure, towering walls and lofty heights show off the light-filled work of contemporary design. Taking up nearly 129,000 square feet, most of which is concealed underground, the complex consists mainly of two floors.
Wine production takes place in the lower areas, wrapped in locally obtained terracotta vaults that help maintain the ideal temperature for fermentation. Grapes grown in the adjoining vineyard are crushed at ground level, then piped down to vats for fermenting entirely by gravity, without the need for electrical equipment.
The top floor encompasses a restaurant, auditorium, museum (with Leonardo’s wine-press), library, wine tasting areas and a shop. The Cantina features the Pèppoli Chianti Classico, the Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, and the sacred Vin Santo Chianti Classico. The tasting room inside the Antinori Cantina is suspended above the lower level of fermenting barrels. which provides a strong futuristic element to the senses.
Marchese Piero Antinori loves to say: “ancient roots play an important role in our philosophy, but they have never held back our innovative spirit.” Nothing could bring about a more complete statement about the Antinori family than this.
As a class in itself, the Antinori estate continues to make superb wine while they embrace the cutting edge of future innovation.
Grazie to Susan, fellow blogger, lover of Italy and my amica for sharing.
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