Greek historian Thucydides wrote, “The people of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learnt to cultivate the olive and the wine.”
Wine has always played a big part in many cultural, social and religious events and it has also been seen as a symbol of civilisation, as seen from the quote by the historian who lived in the 5th century BC. With wine being so popular the world over, it seemed like the natural progression of things for wineries to be bigger and bolder than ever before with architects and designers paying homage to the alcoholic ambrosia with stunningly constructed wineries. Here’s what we compiled for you.
- Chateau Margaux
This is the wine estate for Bordeaux wine and their best wines produced by the winery are super expensive. Although this estate produced wine even back in the 12th century it is only in the 16th century when the Lestonnac family came into the picture that wine production in the region became of greater importance. The mansion of this winery is featured on bottle’s label.
- Bodegas Ysios
This amazing masterpiece of a structure was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava and is located in the La Rioja region of Spain. Minimalistic , but bold at the same time, this structure can be seen from a long way off. The building’s body is made of copper stained cedar which resembles giant wine barrels and the wavy aluminium roof mirrors the landscape around. An impressive structure to compliment the fantastic wine produced from this region.
- Darioush Winery
Of Persian origin, this Napa winery’s buildings and grounds was created to mimic the grandeur and luxury of a Persian palace. Offering wine tastings, with choice cheeses, a tour of this winery should be on everyone’s to-do list, especially if you live in the area. Their Shiraz is particularly recommended.
- Chateau Pichon-Lalande
This Bordeaux winery is owned by the Rouzaud family and it is also one of the most photographed wine chateaus in the world. Their wine styles include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Looking like something out of the Sound of Music, this impressive structure represents the grandeur of the families of the French wine producing region.
- Marques de Riscal
One of the oldest of the Rioja, it opened for business in 1860 and has since been pioneers of innovation while retaining their traditional past. They came up with the idea of combining the production space with a space for leisure. The building itself celebrates color, innovation, irregularities in shape and non-conformism to conventions. Just like its wine, it stands out from the rest.
- Castello Di Amorosa
This castle and winery is located in Napa Valley, California’s wine producing region and the winery had a castle built which stayed faithful to 12th and 13th century specifications complete with a moat, traditional fireplaces and even frescoes on the ceiling that took Italian painters one and a half years to complete. He wines – no matter if you prefer Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir, the Chardonnay or Zinfandel, the wines from this winery will definitely leave you wanting for more.
- Opus One
The brainchild of Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, this winery became the California cult wine to be sold in Asia and Europe. Created to be America’s first premium wine, the buildings of the winery as well as the grounds reflect the investment the two partners put into the creation of the winery. While Robert Mondavi’s winery helped cement the creation of wine within the brand, Rothschild’s name provided the air of respectability to make it one of the most expensive wines sold on the market back in 1980 with a bottle going for $50.