Designer wineries in the Langhe: Five must-see wineries
Design Cellars of the Langhe: Route of about 25 km starting in Alba and ending in Castiglione Falletto
The wineries of the Langhe, famous for the production of some of Italy’s finest wines, have in recent years become true destinations for “slow” wine and food tourism, the “slow” wine and food tourism, which is at its peak in autumn, with foliage, the grape harvest and the unmistakable smell of wine wafting through the streets.
Many wineries in the Langhe have adapted over time, often relying on the hands of famous designers and architectural firms. Objective. To accommodate the increasing number of visitors and wine lovers. These innovative projects have given rise to the most beautiful modern and designer wineries in the Langhe. Here is the selection we recommend you visit on our do-it-yourself tour, perfect by e-bike!
The Ceretto winery in Alba is one of the most important wineries in the Barolo area, and in terms of design and architecture, it is one of the most distinctive for its two structures: the Acino and the Cubo.
The Acino is a permanent installation located by the Monsordo Bernardina Estate. It is a stage to admire the Langhe and Barolo hills suspended as if in a bubble. It is a structure built in 2009 that makes the experience of discovering the landscapes of Piedmont even more unique.
The Cube is the other design structure that is instead located at the Bricco Rocche Winery in Castiglione Falletto; it does not go unnoticed when arriving in the village. This work of design is perfectly integrated with the profile of the surrounding hills and allows a 360-degree view of the surrounding vineyards.
Astemia Pentita is certainly among the most extravagant and aesthetically iconic modern wineries in the Langhe. It is located along the road from Alba to Barolo. Its distinctive architecture makes it immediately recognizable when passing through Cannubi hill.
It looks like two wine boxes stacked on top of each other, of the wooden kind used for selling and trading wine bottles, which certainly does not go unnoticed in the eyes of visitors.
It has been called by Gianni Arnaudo, the architect who designed it with full respect for the environment, “The world’s first POP winery.” It develops not only outside but also underground reaching a total extension of about 4000sqm.
Cascina Adelaide is located behind the Castello di Barolo, it is an “underground” winery, in fact, it is developed 5.50 meters below the level of the pre-existing farmstead, and thanks to this feature and the attention to the landscape, the external parts are in fact covered by grassland.
Nature is thus the constant for the architecture of the winery. It is developed in the shape of a small hill while the reinforced concrete structure of the farmstead rises from the subsoil upward. It seems reminiscent of the vine and the trellis. It is supported by a series of iron and concrete pillars, ending in branches. The glance is very distinctive.
We meet the Domenico Clerico winery along the road from Barolo to Monforte. It is an example of a winery of design and efficiency, where the architecture has been studied down to the smallest detail so that every detail is unique, but always practical to optimize the work. Its lines are very modern and the materials used, steel and glass, come together to create large bright spaces.
Its shapes are deliberately inspired by the beautiful Langa hills that face it.
The Boroli winery is located in Castiglione Falletto, along the road leading to Bussia; it is “recognizable” thanks to its almost mimetic architecture, blending in with the land and visually merging with the landscape. It was designed by Guido Boroli, the second of the 4 brothers. It is divided into 3 areas: a basement for wine maturation, the ground floor for processing, and the tasting room, which is the most characteristic and recognizable.
The tasting room has large windows that provide a unique view. Externally, solid oak cladding has been applied to the walls, obtained by dismantling used barriques that can no longer be used. In addition to making this designer wine cellar visually unique, they create natural thermal insulation.
We have reached the end of this itinerary. A day dedicated to the most iconic modern wineries in the Langhe.
If, on the other hand, you also love good wine and the products of the Langhe, nothing beats a nice food and wine weekend in the Langhe where King Barolo challenges Barbaresco.
And they can be made at any time of the year!
A Tour of the Langhe among wineries, small, villages, excellent food, and wine is a real panacea against the stress of modern life!