Top 10 wine cellars
Mistral Wine & Champagne Bar in São Paulo, Brazil
The Mistral Wine and Champagne Bar and shop in São Paulo, Brazil, was designed by Studio Arthur Casas and features 100 square meters of elegantly curved space comprising storage, a shop floor, cellar and wine tasting area, each accented by carefully balanced exposed wine bottles. The high-tech project also features an interactive table used to showcase the store’s monthly selection of wines with sensors linked to each bottle allowing information, such as location, interviews with producers and notes, to be projected onto the table’s screen.
Le Cirque restaurant in New York City, US
New York’s Le Cirque restaurant was first opened in 1974 by Sirio Maccioni at the Mayfair Hotel in New York, and eventually reached its current locationat the Bloomberg Building on East 58th Street in May of 2006. The 16,000 square-foot restaurant, designed by Adam Tihany and architect Costas Kondylis, features a main dining room with a giant “big top” light shade, in keeping with its French circus theme, and all-glass 65-seat wine bar which overlooks the restaurant’s spectacular 27-foot kaleidoscope wine tower.
Park Hyatt Hotel, Chicago, US
This stunning wine cellar is located within the walls of Chicago’s Park Hyatt Hotel.
The Queens Lane Wine Silo & Shop by Carney Logan Burke Architects
The Queens Lane Wine Silo and Shop was designed by Carney Logan Burke Architects. Located in Jackson, Wyoming, its log cabin-style, wood them was inspired by early twentieth century US National Parks lodge architecture. Because the shop lies within the Snake River flood plain, a standard subterranean wine cellar would have been impossible. So instead architects turned to less conventional methods to store the shop’s wine creating a spiral staircase cellar which reaches up to the building’s roof.
Angel Wine Tower at the Radisson SAS Hotel, Stansted, London
The main focal point of Angel’s Wine Tower Bar, at Radisson’s Stansted Airport hotel, is undoubtedly its imposing wine cellar and retrieval system. The towering glass cellar houses thousands of different wines which are retrieved for guests by the bar’s “acrobatic angels”
Weinhandlung Kreis shop in central Stuttgart, Germany
At the Weinhandlung Kreis wine shop in Germany 12,000 wine bottles are displayed within a matrix of rainbow-coloured cages. Designed by local studio Furch Gestaltung + Produktion, each wire cube contained within the 70,000 square metre space holds 25 bottles of wine.
Modern Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Designed by architects Butler Armsden, this space-age wine cellar lies tucked away within the basement of a typically unassuming San Francisco townhouse. The expansive wine cellar was constructed from lucite and stainless steel with the intention of giving the impression of an “endless cellar” and therefore endless supply of wine.
Tennessee Estate of Jamie Beckwith, of Beckwith Interiors
This neon-blue, Moroccan-style wine cellar is the brain child of Jamie Beckwith, owner of Beckwith Interiors. The LED-lit wine cellar, with individual wine holders, has a transparent ceiling and is housed within Beckwith’s seven-bedroom, 2,398-square-foot mansion in Tennessee.
Cricova Winery, Moldova
The Cricova winery is home to the second largest wine cellar in Moldova boasting 120 kilometres (75 mi) of walkways housing some 1.25 million bottles of rare wine, its oldest dating back to 1902. The tunnels which house the collection of wine have existed beneath the town of Cricova since the 15th century, when limestone was dug out to help build Chişinău, and converted into an underground wine emporium in the 1950s. The vast network, nicknamed “wine city”, features warehouses, tasting rooms and storage facilities and reached 100 meters below ground.
Milestii Mici, Moldova
Officially the largest wine cellar in the world, the underground cellars of the Milestii Mici wine-making plant in Moldova house more than 1.5 million bottles of wine stored within its vast 55 km (34 miles) of underground tunnels excavated during lime mining operations. The cellar’s first bottle was stored in 1968, and new vintages are added each year.