When the art of wine meets architecture
In the Tuscan countryside of Chianti Classico, between Florence and Siena is the new Marchesi Antinori headquarters, the Antinori Winery in Chianti Classico. This is a winery that is an innovative architectural work, concealed among the olive groves, vineyards, and oak woods, where wine is the centre of every journey, whether for production or just a visit.
Built entirely in locally sourced materials and with great respect for the environment and the Tuscan countryside, the Antinori Winery is a milestone in the family’s history. The Antinori family has been dedicated to wine growing for over six hundred years and for the first time, it has decided to transfer its headquarters here, moving from the family palazzo, located in piazza Antinori, Florence, to commence a new and revolutionary chapter in the story of wine production.
Much more than a winery. The Antinori Winery in Chianti Classico is a labyrinth of sinuous vaults and volumes that create a new headquarters for a company that has been working with and nourishing its terroir for generations. The design has integrated architecture and the landscape; the production complex has been concealed by a roof that has been used to create a new level, with a vineyard, mainly cultivated with a typical variety of Chianti Classico grape: Sangiovese. The facade is therefore a long, horizontal cleft, set out on a natural slope, and surrounded by rows of vines that, together with the soil, create the “covering”. One of the distinguishing features of the winery – and practically invisible from the outside – is a scenographic spiral stairway to connect the three floors of the structure.
The structure itself, which is red-brown in colour and built in natural material, such as cotto, wood and glass, focuses on a deep-rooted link with the land and respect for the beauty of the area that has always been home to the Antinori family’s vineyards. Inside the winery, there is a museum area containing part of the historic collection from Palazzo Antinori in Florence, together with site-specific interventions by international contemporary artists, who have mapped out a new designing a new cartography for the area, with the idea of continuing the family collection with its rich history and artistic traditions, and of taking it into the contemporary.