Top 10 extreme winery designs

9th March, 2016 by Patrick Schmitt

There’s nothing quite like an architectural statement to generate press interest for wine producers, but some have gone much further than others when it comes to winery design…

Hotel Marques de Riscal

Frank Gehry’s Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Over the following pages we’ve amassed ten of the most extreme winery designs, using examples from the famous wine regions of Europe and the New World as well as more obscure parts of the viticultural globe.

While there are examples of extravagant buildings at wine-producing properties around the world, most notably architect Frank Gehry’s Hotel Marqués de Riscal at the eponymous Spanish producer’s estate, the buildings featured below differ in that all the following structures contain working wineries.

This is also why this list don’t include structures created purely for wine tourism, such as the new cellar door and lookout for Tasmania’s Devil’s Corner (pictured below), which was officially opened in December 2015, or Zaha Hadid’s extension to Rioja’s López de Heredia, which houses a tasting room that was completed in 2006 (pictured, bottom).

How did we choose these extreme wineries? Well, this is a selection of buildings where the form is as, if not more important than the function, and that form is striking. Indeed, these structures should display enough design flair to invite comment, even if it’s negative.

DC Cellar Door - Panorama

The cellar door and lookout for Devil’s Corner was officially opened in December 2015

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The Zaha Hadid wine boutique at Haro’s Lopez de Heredia

LopezDeHeredia

And the same building, but from the inside

One Response to “Top 10 extreme winery designs”

  1. Gerald says:

    You guys should have a look at the Orbelus Winery from the Melnik Region of Bulgaria. Outstanding architecture ! Could be in your next Winery Design Ranking.

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