Collection by Amanda Dameron

Tuscan Winery by Renzo Piano


Nestled into the Tuscan landscape, in the municipality of Gavorrano in the heart of Maremma, sits a modern winery called Rocca di Frassinello. Designed by Renzo Piano, the brilliant red structure can be seen for miles, and overlooks the Medieval hamlet of Giuncarico. Piano, who grew up a family vineyard in the Ovada hills, was tempted to accept the project after revisiting the area by helicopter. His conception, a modern interpretation of a traditional Tuscan wine-making operation, opened in 2007 and is largely underground, featuring a cavernous amphitheater that holds 2,500 oak barrels holding a "super-Tuscan" blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Chianti.

Renzo Piano's Rocca di Frassinello winery is situated on 2,000 acres of hilly land visible from the Aurelia, the...
The architect's initial sketch for the structure, which he drew when touring the site from helicopter.
Atop the main piazza, the central glass-and-steel entrance is topped by a huge red spire with three circular mirrors...
A colorful array of stacked chairs, each hue representing one of the wines created at Rocca di Frassinello.
Upon entering the main pavilion, 360-degree views of the surrounding hillside are captured through floor-to-ceiling...
The bright-green hue of this wall, seen just inside the entrance, was used as a complementary color throughout the...
A side view of the pavilion, and the terracotta piazza that surrounds it. The stainless-steel mesh eaves will...
The sunlight, which burns bright and then disappears quickly behind the clouds, sends an ever-changing array of shadows...
Here, vines are beginning to climb through one of the eaves.
Massive sun shades designed by Piano are set up on the piazza; when it's time to process the grapes, they protect the...
Another shot of the sun shades gives a sense of their massive size.
The glass-topped channel runs the entire perimeter of the piazza.
Inside the structure, Massimo Casagrande, the chief wine maker at Rocca di Frassinello, opens the double-height doors...
A collection of 2,500 barrels are inside the "Barriquerie", each holding wine that will age for up to 20 months.
Each barrel is constructed of aged oak from France.
"The magic [of the space] comes from these 2,500 barrels that watch you like huge eyes," says Renzo Piano.
When the skylight at center is open, the mirrors send a ray of light that hits the middle at a perpendicular angle.
A line of steel vats are housed on the other side of the cellar.
We exit the cellar the same way we came in, through the double-height green doors, and ascend to the tasting room.
A pair of glass doors open to the tasting room, also designed by Renzo Piano.

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