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Tenuta Ammiraglia – Maremma, Magliano in Toscana, Grosseto (province) Lately, several wine producers have built cellars deep underground as temperatures are better monitored in such conditions. At Tenuta Ammiraglia, it looks as if the architect Piero Sartogo raised a strip of land to open a thin and long slit in the natural slope of the earth. For over seven centuries, Marchesi de ‘Frescobaldi has been the symbol of wine production in Tuscany. Suffice it to say that their wines filled the glasses of the greatest Renaissance artists such as Donatello, and reached the tables of the Papal Court of Leo X and King of England Henry VIII. The new Tenuta dell’Ammiraglia, inaugurated in 2011, was designed with a futuristic look by the architect Piero Sartogo in the heart of fascinating Maremma. Tenuta Ammiraglia is open to visits and tastings and it is also possible to organize lunches, aperitifs and events upon reservation. Le Mortelle – Castiglion della Pescaia, Grosseto (province) The name derives from the wild myrtle, a plant sacred to Venus in ancient times and today characterizing the coastal areas of southern Tuscany. The company has been owned by the Marquises Antinori since 1999. This large noble family, active in the wine sector since the fourteenth century, has decided to focus on an emerging area in the Italian wine scene, commissioning the cellar to Studio Idea Firenze. Tenuta Argentiera – Donoratico, Livorno (province) It is located on a plateau where, during the Etruscan times, there were natural springs and silver mines, hence its name Argentiera. This estate has the marvellous sea of the Etruscan Coast as its horizon and is situated only a hundred kilometres from Florence. Devoted to the production of Bolgheri DOC wines, the company is owned by the Fratini brothers, while the architectural project of the cellar was conceived by Studio Stefano and Bernardo Tori Associati. The highlight is the splendid barrel cellar boasting a splendid vaulted ceiling that houses 1,200 barriques. Caiarossa. Northern Maremma, Riparbella, Livorno (province) A few steps from the Tyrrhenian Sea overlooked by the vineyards and the cellar, the estate is situated on the slopes of Monte Amiata, in the northern area of the Maremma. The vineyards fall within the Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG, between the areas of Brunello di Montalcino and those of Morellino di Scansano. The property is owned by the Albada Jelgersma Family which also owns Château Giscours and Château du Tertre, two Grands Crus Classés in Margaux. The name Caiarossa pays tribute to the soils which are characterized by the presence of jasper, rocks and deep red gravel. Petra – Suvereto, Livorno (province) Cantina Petra was designed by one of the greatest personalities of contemporary architecture: the Swiss Mario Botta. Among the awards received during his fruitful career, the Merit Award for Excellence in Design and the European Award for Culture stand out. His works have now become history: the Watari-um art gallery in Tokyo, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rovereto and the renovation of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan just to name a few. Castello di Fonterutoli – Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Siena (province) According to Decanter’s consultant editor Steven Spurrier: “it is the most impressive winery in the whole area of Chianti”. This is the new building of Castle of Fonterutoli, the work of the architect Agnese Mazzei, who has already designed other enological edifices including the Sassicaia barrel cellar. The cellar has a low environmental impact and is spread over three floors. The heart of the cellar is the underground level where 3500 barriques rest among spectacular exposed rocks that look like a painting. Salcheto – Montepulciano, Siena (province) In this organic and biodynamic winery, wines are mainly produced with the symbolic vine of Tuscany: Sangiovese, without added sulphites and with autochthonous yeasts. Salcheto is a winery rooted in the Vino Nobile district whose name derives from the stream that originates at the foot of Montepulciano. The stream flows in a valley that was once adorned with willows. The branches of these trees were used to tie vines. Cantina di Montalcino – Montalcino, Siena (province) It is the only wine-making cooperative producing one of the greatest Italian red wines: Brunello di Montalcino. The guidelines of this project were conceived by the architect Tommaso Giannelli who carried out the renovation attentively respecting the environment and the tradition. The cellar is located partially underground and the electricity is produced by photovoltaic systems. Daniela De Luca is CEO at Home in Italy. Home in Italy is a luxury villa rental company offering high end holiday villa experiences throughout the best regions of Italy since 1993. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.
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