In pictures: Masseto’s new winery

Super Tuscan Masseto has unveiled its newly revamped cellar, complete with new vinification facilities and a ‘wine caveau’ featuring every vintage back to 1986.

Designed by the ZitoMori Studio, the cellar has been designed to fit into the landscape and makes use of the region’s blue clay to insulate it.

“To represent the effort required to produce the wine made here, we created a series of spaces – not by construction, but by extraction from the hill’s monolithic mass. The diverse internal volumes, heights and levels are reminiscent of a gold mine as it follows seams of precious metal to the core,” said Japanese-born architect Hikaru Mori.

The whole winery is gravity fed, with the architects favouring cast concrete, glass and steel as their building materials.

A statement from the winery refers to the barrel room being reminiscent of an ancient underground temple while in the vault, every vintage of Masseto dating back to the first vintage in 1986 is kept suspended in its own steel mesh cradle.

Masseto CEO, Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja, said: The Winery is a tribute to the past, present and future of Masseto. It celebrates the incredible story of a wine that was never meant to exist.

“Years of planning and effort have been dedicated to building the right home for Masseto. One that consolidates three decades of experience, where every aspect has been designed to meet the winemaking team’s highly detailed requirements.”

A few other pictures from the winery can be seen on the following pages.

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