In the heart of Tuscany, between two cities, Florence and Siena, where the hills of Chianti are located and famous for their vineyards, is the location of the beautiful Antinori Winery. The credit for this masterpiece goes to the architects from Archea Associati.
Their idea was to combine architecture, nature, functionality and elegance, and they managed to do it with style. Putting most of the structure underneath the ground does not interfere with its practicality, but rather emphasizes its harmony with rural environment.
Antinori Winery consists of the lounge area, which is the only floor above the ground, and three more floors beneath it; each one of them having its own distinctive purpose. Should you want to pace through all of them, you will have to use the magnificent spiral stairs, which connects all floors. The access to the first floor is at the bottom of the hill where the barrique cellar is, and as you climb the stairs, you reach the other parts; administrative offices, library, restaurant, wine tasting areas, shop, museum and auditorium.
Underground chambers are illuminated by the light that comes in through two openings on the roof, and the reason for that is not simply aesthetics, due to the fact that their size is perfectly measured to provide the proper amount of the heat and light needed for the fermentation of the wine kept in cellars.
Total amount of money spent on this project was around 85 million Euros, which, truth be told, surely is a fair amount of money, but no doubt it will be worth it, because the wines from the Chianti region are reserved for wealthy people and true experts in quality wine, who do not regret any penny spent on their passion.
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