Not bound to ideas of traditional winery design and architecture, the Argentines have created a design aesthetic that is all their own. By incorporating the influences of these lands’ indigenous people, architects and winery owners alike have reintroduced buildings as an element of the landscape, rather than attempt to override the regions awesome natural design.
And the truth is with this expanse of glorious vineyards and the Andes Mountains as the backdrop, there are no better strategies than to create state of the art winemaking facilities and sheath them with the story, beauty and elegance of centuries of history.
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A relatively young estate, O. Fournier has made a name for themselves with their striking winery installation. Recalling the roof of the world, this impressive structure. No expense has been spared, but with the vast majority of the building underground, for aesthetic as well as practical reasons, the Fournier family was free to allow the visible portion of their winery to make a bold statement as seen here as well as on the stunning introductory image to this slide show.
Barrel Ageing at O. Fournier
One of the tricks of the O. Fournier winery is the use of light wells to illuminate the lower levels of the facility. These circular windows form a central shaft that serves as a corridor for both light and works as they access the large wooden barrels that ring the rooms.
Belasco de Baquedano
Recalling the clean, precise lines of the Mayans, the winery at Belasco de Baquedano melds into the landscape with minimalist appeal. The apparently empty space seem to lure one into their coolness but hidden behind this impressive façade lies a state of the art winery.
Belasco de Baquedano
While Belasco de Baquedon is well known for their wines, the clarity of vision displayed within the facilities helps to complete a picture of the winery. The concrete fermentation vats, presented on two levels are an exercise in purity. I think the room awes both winemaker and wine drinker alike.
The Aroma Room at Belasco de Baquedano
The experience at Belasco de Baquedon is not limited to impressive visiting wine makers and wine lovers though. The Aroma room, also located within the winery, allows visitors to experience, in a pristine museum setting, the most common aromas that make wine so complex and special.
Unique dispensers allow one to disperse the intense oils that carry aloft the aromas of butter, toast, licorice or mint. Learning to identify these aromas is the lifelong passion of many a wine enthusiast, and doing so accompanied by these great wines can only enhance such an experience
One of the most familiar names in Argentine wine, Catena Zapata has helped to revolutionize the country's winemaking and open new markets around the world while firmly holding on to their Argentine roots.
The winery is instantly recognizable as Mayan influenced with it’s step pyramid form and gorgeous surrounding stonework. Of course this is a working winery, but one can’t help but be reminded of the mysterious, gifted craftsman of the Mayan age who created such timeless wonders that even today their form is a natural fit in this landscape.
Catena Zapata - Argentine Beauty
Of course on the traits that set the Mayan style apart was their incredible stonework. Even without ornamentation, their walls, halls, and especial doorways remained graceful and elegant with masterful proportions. Much like the wines Lauraq Catena has been wowing drinkers with for years.