Have you ever wondered where the most prestigious wineries are?
Which are the wineries with the rarest bottles, greater sizes and amazing design? We found the luxury design wineries, where alongside the wine; the venue and the local tradition are the main protagonists.
Three of the best wineries are located in Tuscany, so we decided to invite you to a wine tour suitable for the fall season, with the recommendation to stay enough for appreciate each stage: the wines should be tasted without haste.
Petra Winery in Suvereto
Suvereto, in province of Livorno, named after the cork oak, is a village which is part of the City of Wine association and here rises Petra winery, which in Latin means rock.
The winery is owned by Terra Moretti holding and stands on the ferrous hills of Val di Cornia, tuned with the landscape, enhanced by the architectural work of Mario Botta, the Swiss designer who has realized a cylinder covered with stone to host the cellar, an artwork that is worth a visit.
The cellar, listed by the American magazine DesignCrave among the best 10 in the world, is open to the public every day upon reservation; the wines produced here range from Petra IGT Toscana, which combines Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the Alto IGT Toscana, symbol of Val di Cornia and made with Sangiovese grapes, to the sweet wine of Angelo di San Lorenzo, just to name a few.
The winery extends to 8000 square meters occupied by, a number that gives the idea of the ambition and the passion of the owners for excellence in all its shapes. Technological innovation, respect for nature and the bond with the land are the pillars on which it was built Petra, a good reason to join a wine tour in Tuscany. http://www.petrawine.it/en.php
Antinori Winery in Chianti Classico
Another design jewel is the Antinori Winery in Chianti Classico, designed by the architect Marco Casamonti in San Casciano Val di Pesa (in province of Florence).
Marquises Antinori family has been involved in wine production for over 600 years and the new winery, which opened in 2012, is something unique, a place where the wine making follows a natural process, moved by gravity flow without mechanical pumping, a method which allows to make wines more balanced and suppler tannins.
The structure of the wine cellar, seen from afar, it’s amazing, because it appears only a terrace surrounded by vineyards, there are two slits in the ground which can make you think of a painting.
During the guided tour you will discover closely every stage of production, you will learn the history of Antinori firm and you will taste top wines renowned all over the world.
The available tours are 2, the Barricaia cellar tour and the Bottaia cellar tour, in either Italian and English languages, both culminating in the olfactory, visual and tasting experience of the wine. http://www.antinorichianticlassico.it/en
De’ Ricci Wine Cellar in Montepulciano
Anyone who has already been to Montepulciano probably know the historical cellars de’ Ricci, one of the oldest in the world, commissioned by Cardinal Giovanni Ricci to the great Sienese architect Baldassarre Peruzzi, a place that can be described as the cathedral of the wine.
It’s a must for any self-respecting wine lover, because in this cellar carved in tuff stone and covered with imposing arches, lie rows of barrels where it rests the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, one of the most important products of the town and an Italian wine excellence.
The guided tours, including tastings of local DOC delicacies, are a chance to start a journey back through the centuries and recognize the similarities with the current production of wine, thanks to the constant diligence and the patient care of the winemakers. www.dericci.it
The route through luxury wineries ends here; we hope that our advices can invite you to plan a unique wine experience in Tuscany, the homeland of the oldest wineries and most innovative cellars.