An Italian winery hidden inside the Tuscan hills

The winery is entirely underground.

March 08, 2018 |
The winery built into the hill

Rendering courtesy Pierattelli Architetture

The Tuscan countryside certainly isn’t lacking in natural beauty, so when Pierattelli Architetture began designing a new winery near the town of Siena, the structure was designed to exist underneath the winding countryside to avoid creating a blemish on the natural landscape.

The reinforced concrete structure is built into a hill, but opens up to the surrounding environment and lets in natural light via two large windows. The 1,700-sm winery will accommodate every stage of wine production, using a rigid modular system that permits optimal management of the spaces. Processing takes place inside the same hill the raw materials come from to guarantee a zero km cycle.


Large windows allow light into the underground wineryCourtesy Pierattelli Architetture.


Grapes from the 20 hectares of Sangiovese DOC vineyards are channeled to the ground floor by a gravity system. The opening is located on the roof of the structure that allows the grapes, which have previously passed through a destemmer, to fall into steel vats. The grapes are then conveyed to the appropriate fermentation vessel and transferred to the adjacent barrique room. The ground floor also houses the cellar, warehouse, and storage areas for vehicles. Staff offices are located on the double volume mezzanine floor.

The winery will be inaugurated by the end of 2019.


Courtesy Pierattelli Architetture.

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