I recently visited the Antinori Winery just outside of Florence (Italy), which inaugurated in 2012. The contemporary architectural design of the estate thrives in a beautiful rural Tuscan landscape, even though it looks like it could be in Northern California. The materials are industrial, yet warm with wood-imprinted concrete suggesting memory and earthy rusted steel, with the additional use of many local materials such as terracotta.
The winery respects it’s Chianti Classico environment and presents the philosophy of the Antinori family and how it merges history with contemporary approaches. Completed in 7 years, the harmonious design was created by two Florentine firms, the Archea Associati architectural studio with engineering by Hydea, and implements energy saving construction with minimal impact on the terrain. A tour/tasting is recommended: book a visit.
The cantina is enormous and impressive, alluding to a cathedral-like interior space with dramatic lighting added with the odor of maturing grapes. The winery (36,000 m2 excluding yards and parking lots) also includes in situ sculpture by contemporary artists, a tasting area, shop, restaurant, and a museum of artifacts, art, and historic records from the family’s collection over the centuries. Next post coming soon: focus on jewelry from the Antinori Museum.