Top 10 Most Luxurious Italian Wineries

Discovering wine where it is made is one of the great joys of traveling to a new country.  When it comes to the Mediterranean, wine tourism, is a veritable Disney World.

Whether a casual tourist or dedicated oenophile (wine connoisseur), Italy in particular has so much to offer.  In fact, il bel paese has 383,000 wine-producing estates, with an average vineyard size of 2.5 acres (1.64 hectares).

The thing is that industrial firms produce 80% of international Italian wines sales, leaving a plethora of wineries only accessible for travelers in Italy.

For those brave wine-travelers willing to make the trip, there are a range of experiences to enjoy.

  • Newlyweds – large and small estates often host wedding ceremonies and banquets overlooking vineyards.
  • History-buffs – enjoy the museums like Museo del Vino in Torgiano, in the central Italian region of Umbria or Museo del Vetro da Vino in Banfi, Tuscany
  • Couples – Vespa-tours are a typical retreat for local romantic couples in need of a weekend adventure.
  • Health enthusiasts – vinotherapy “wellness” getaways featuring spa treatments, thermal baths, bicycle tours, treks into the surrounding hills/mountains, and organic wine tastings will leave your mind and palate refreshed.
  • Foodies – authentic Italian cooking classes almost always provide wine tastings of the best local wines as part of their programs.

That said, there are a handful of grandiose wine monuments that are can’t miss for any wine lover going to Italy.

Here are 10 of the most luxurious Italian wineries:

  • il Carapace winery

    • Lunelli Tenuta Castelbuono Vocabolo Castellaccio, 9, 06031 Bevagna, Perugia (PG), Italy – design by Arnaldo Pomodoro

    • The sculptor, Arnaldo Pomodoro, designed il Carapace to resemble a tortoise shell, a metaphor for the passing of time.  A family friend to the Lunelli family – owners of Tenuta Castelbuono – Pomodoro added a deeply grooved copper exterior knowing it would oxidize over time.  As a result, the structure’s earth tones integrate perfectly with the surrounding landscape.
the Lunelli 'il Carapace' winery
the Lunelli ‘il Carapace’ winery
  • Rocca di Frassinello winery

    • Località Giuncarico Scalo, 58023 Gavorrano (GR), Italy – design by Renzo Piano

    • This exquisite Rocca di Frassinello cellar is a 50m2 structure that is embedded into a fertile hilltop in the Maremma region of Tuscany.  This monument to wine was designed by Renzo Piano, the architect probably most famous for the Centre Pompidou in Paris.  Stroll through the property – jointly created by Paolo Panerai and the Rothschild family – and its 500 hectares before taking a moment to experience the whimsical light effects in the cellar’s glass pavilion.
Rocca di Frassinello winery
Rocca di Frassinello winery
  • Cà Marcanda winery

    • 57022 Castagneto Carducci, Province of Livorno (LI), Italy – design by Giovanni Bo

    • In 1996, Angelo Gaja of GAJA Winery in Piemonte took over the land now part of Cà Marcanda after lengthy negotiations with the previous owners.  Once the sale was finalized, the events were codified for posterity as the name Ca’ Marcanda means ‘the house of endless negotiations’.  In 2000, architect Giovanni Bo completed construction, which adds a luxurious unifying force to the estate’s 120 hectares.
the Lunelli 'il Carapace' winery
the Lunelli ‘il Carapace’ winery
  • Petra winery

    • San Lorenzo alto, 131, 57028, Suvereto (LI), Italy – design by Mario Botta

    • Lombardi developer Vittorio Moretti’s wondrous Petra winery in Suvereto is the pinnacle of his wine empire, Gruppo Terra Moretti.  Located at the southern limits of Livorno lies the area known as Val di Cornia, known for its unique microclimate.  Here the Petra winery vineyard’s approximately 94 hectares are overseen by Vittorio’s daughter, Francesca.  The the winery’s monumental cellar, designed by Mario Botta, is situated at the top for magnificent views of the surrounding hills.
Petra winery at Terre Moretti - Suvereto - by Mario Botta
Petra winery designed by architect Mario Botta
  • Cappella del Brunate (Brunate Chapel) or Cappella del Barolo (Barolo Chapel)

  • 12064 La Morra, Province of Cuneo (CN), Italy – design by David Tremlett & Sol Lewitt

    • The powerfully emotive colors of Cappella del Brunate stand in stark contrast to the standard chapel.  This was the intention Piemontese winemaker, Bruno Ceretto, had when restoring the Cappella del BrunateInstead of storing tractors and other equipment to tend the vineyard, Bruno wanted to make a statement.  Consequently, he commissioned British artist David Tremlett for the inside and American artist Sol LeWitt, for the outside.  On September 11, 1999 the chapel was opened to all denominations with its bold primary colors standing out as a piece of rural modern art.
Cappella del Brunate (Brunate Chapel)
  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    • Località Cerza Grossa, 83050 Sorbo Serpico, Avellino (AV), Italy – design by Hikaru Mori & Maurizio Zito

    • Feudi di San Gregorio has 300 hectares of vineyards, and today is run by Antonio Capaldo in Sorbo Serpico, in the province of Avellino in the larger region of Campania.  Designed by Japanese architect Hikaru Mori and her Italian husband, Maurizio Zito, the design was intentionally minimal to limit environmental impact.  All aspects have been careful considered.  Take for instance, the food offerings; the property includes a Michelin-starred restaurant, Marennà.
Sorbo Serpico - Hikaru Mori & Maurizio Zito
Feudi di San Gregorio – Hikaru Mori and Maurizio Zito
  • Cantina Tramin

    • Strada del Vino, 144, 39040 Termeno Bolzano (BZ), Italy – design by Werner Tscholl

    • Cantina Tramin is metal, concrete, and glass landmark that stands out, yet blends into the vineyards all at once.  This utilitarian structure has multiple levels to benefit visitors and workers alike.  The site carries on their the cellar’s legacy through a converted foyer that was part of the preexisting cellar.  The past melds perfectly with the present at Cantina Tramin as the two main wings hold offices, reception rooms, a museum, and wine shop all with expansive views.
Cantina Tramin
Cantina Tramin
  • Tenuta dell’Ammiraglia

  • Marchesi dè Frescobaldi, Strada Provinciale Montiano, 222, 58051 Località La Capitana, Grosseto (GR), Italy – design by Piero Sartogo and Natalie Grenon

    • The Frescobaldi estate is located in Magliano, which lies in the heart of the Maremma region of Tuscany.  Brimming with natural beauty, loads of sunshine, and marine breezes it is the perfect setting for winemaking.  All of these factors contribute to the exceptional variety of Ammiraglia wines.  The Frescobaldi’s new cellar, Tenuta dell’Ammiraglia, was designed by Piero Sartogo and Nathalie Grenon and its contours seem to flow in tandem with the surrounding landscape.
Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia
Tenuta dell’Ammiraglia
  • Antinori nel Chianti Classico

  • Via Cassia per Siena, 133, 50026 Bargino, Florence (FI), Italy – design by Marco Casamonti (Archea Associati)

    • Located 20 minutes south of Florence, the cantina has been showcasing the Antinori family’s love of Chianti Classico since 2012.  The Florentine firm, Archea, designed the contemporary structure to include a panoramic terrace, restaurant, museum, shop, and even a 200-seat auditorium.  Opening in 2012, Antinori took nearly a decade and a cool $110 million to be constructed.  When one considers that the estate stretches over 540,000 square feet it is simply a behemoth not to miss.  Climb the Antinori terrace’s spiral stair to the planted roof for exceptional views.
Cantina Antinori
Cantina Antinori
  • Bolle Nardini at Distilleria Bartolo Nardini

  • Via Madonna di Monte Berico, 7, 36061 Bassano del Grappa, Vincenza (VI), Italy – design by Massimiliano Fuksas

    • In 1779, the oldest Italian grappa distillery, Bortolo Nardini, was born.  While not technically a winery, the futuristic structure of Bolle Nardini is simply too mesmerizing to omit.  The Bolle structure lies a few kilometers from the actual grapperia where the grappa is produced.  Enjoy a guided tour of this futuristic work by Massimiliano Fuksas, and learn about Nardini’s distillation techniques and of its grappa.


Distilleria Bartolo Nardini
Bolle Nardini



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