When it comes to wine tasting, there’s no better way to appreciate its art than by actually visiting the place where it was grown.
While the simplicity of a simple vineyard provides the right ambience, the winery buildings themselves can be just as impressive.
So why not double up the pleasure senses by visiting a winery that not only offers the finest quality wines, but are also in some of the most impressive architectural structures. The following travel ideas may just give you the inspiration you were looking for....
In the Sierra de Cantabria in Spain is the home of the Ysios Winery, which makes its flagship new Rioja.
The iconic structure was built by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and, as the photo shows, is impressive beyond words.
Bodegas Ysios, La Hoya Bidea, s/n, 01300 Guardia, Araba, Spain /
In the iconic southern Napa Valley region of California, is a winery whose building pays homage to the owner’s heritage.
Darioush is the baby of Iranian-born Darioush Khaledi and his wife, who came to the US to fulfil their winemaking dream.
The cooler microclimate in Southern Napa helps to develop Darioush’ style of wine, while the replica Persian inspired temple building only adds to the unique environment.
Address: 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Marques de Riscal
The strapline at the hotel Marques de Riscal is ‘Visionary architecture. Vintage experiences’, and from the photographs, you can see why.
Famed American architect Frank Gehry designed the luxury hotel to be a memorable base when exploring the City of Wine in Elciego.
The Marques de Riscal winery dates back to 1858 and is the oldest in the region. Its enormous cellar houses 8 million bottles of wine (!) including vintages going as far back as 1862.
Address: Calle Torrea, 1, Elciego, 01340, Spain
Chateau Pichon-Longueville Lalande is a 75-hectare property in the east of the Pauillac appellation in Bordeaux, France. It produces around 36,000 cases per year, which includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The chateau itself is one of the most photographed wineries in the world, and despite its rich aristocratic past, is now owned by the Champagne house, Roederer.
Address: 33250 Pauillac, France
Castello di Amorosa
How’s this for a change of scenery: a 13th century inspired Tuscan castle in the Napa Valley in the US?
Naturally, the fruit of the vine served here are all Italian-style wines, where visitors can enjoy the tasting while exploring the multiple levels of the castle.
The castello offers several tour packages to choose from. These include the Guided Tour & Tasting, the Royal Food & Wine Pairing Tour, or the Cheese & Wine Pairing Tour.
Whichever you settle on, you’ll surely leave the castello having had a memorable time.
Address: 4045 Helena Highway, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA /
Dornier Wine Estate
A passion for architecture and design led founder, Christopher Dornier, to build his loft-style winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
A sculpture that blends perfectly into the dramatic landscape of the Stellenbosch mountains in the background, its unique style only matches the wine it produces.
The many accolades for Dornier Wines only reinforces this. Its Dornier Donatus White – Western Cape was voted one of the top 100 wines in South Africa, and was also awarded Silver status at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards.
Address: Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa