After posting a few articles with valuable instructions on how to recycle wine bottles and give them another life, today we are pointing our attention to their life before the need of recycle. Their life in architectural stunners anchored in the wine world in one of the most fabulous wine cellars in the world.

A big part of the wine cellars projects showcased bellow have been designed by world renowned architects, actually, all the Spanish wineries highlighted bellow are designed by world renowned architects. Others are compensating with their magical vibe or scale: the par of Moldovan wine cellars bellow are literally miniature subterranean wine cities, filled with substance exuding nobility.

#1 Milestii Mici’s Wine Cellar

The first on our list is one certified by the Guinness Book Of World Records as the world’s largest wine cellar, currently hosting over 2 million bottles, you would need a car to get through the 120 miles of underground tunnels in this Moldovan ‘wine city.’ Founded 1969, the wine cellar re-purposed a massive, ancient tunnel complex, which had been carved out of soft limestone centuries earlier, it enhanced a spectacular spatiality into something rather special.

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Milestii Mici’s Wine Cellar

#2 Cricova’s Wine Cellar

Similar to the previous massive Moldovan wine cellar, Cricova is nestled in about half the tunnel mileage of its big brother. Cricova’s claim to fame is more than just size, it`s a place of legends and fairy tales .Wikipedia states:

“Legend has it that in 1966 astronaut Yuri Gagarin entered the cellars, re-emerging, with assistance,  two days later. Russian president Vladimir Putin celebrated his 50th birthday there.”

Simply beautiful.

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Cricova’s Wine Cellar

#3 Queens Lane Wine Silo & Shop

Envisioned by Carney Logan Burke Architects an above ground wine cellar in Jackson, Wyoming makes a statement for itself. Materialized on a floodplain, the architects turned to that familiar Midwestern site – the silo:

“The main residence of log, stone, and timber draws its inspiration from early twentieth century National Parks lodge architecture, whereas the two additional buildings on the property serve as a counterpoint to traditional notions of the western log structure…Borrowing from agrarian structures, the design team arrived at the silo form as an alternative, elevated storage system. In order to gracefully weather and blend in with the existing buildings and landscape the structure is clad in oxidized steel plates. The interior, inspired by a wine cask, is characterized by reclaimed fir woodwork and a spiral staircase that accesses carefully displayed wine bottles organized around the silo’s perimeter.”

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Queens Lane Wine Silo & Shop

#4 Château Lafite Rothschild’s Wine Cellar by Ricardo Bofill

“Trophy room” -that`s a common name used by wine lovers for their wine cellars this being one of the main reasons for which wineries are investing so much money in this sacred chambers. In the case of the awe-inspiring cellar: Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux it seems like the investment was worth it.

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Château Lafite Rothschild’s Wine Cellar (Ricardo Bofill)

#5 Rocca di Frassinello by Renzo Piano

The world renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano has envisioned and designed countless famous buildings such as the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Shard in London, The New York Times Building in Manhattan. Even though the structure at Rocca di Frassinello is impressive from the outside, we were speechless at first glance of the barrique aging room.

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Rocca di Frassinello (Renzo Piano)

#6 Bodegas Portia by Norman Foster

Lord Norman Foster, another world renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect, envisioned the Bodegas Portia, situated in Ribera del Duero, Spain.  The design is meant to reflect the wine-making process, according to the architect’s firm:

“The project presented the opportunity to look afresh at the winery as a building type, using the topography of the site to aid the winemaking process, and to create the optimum working conditions, while reducing the building’s energy demands and its impact on the landscape. The building’s trefoil plan expresses the three main stages of production: fermentation in steel vats; aging in oak barrels; and maturation in bottles; at its core is an operations hub, from which all stages of the production process can be controlled.”

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Bodegas Portia (Norman Foster)

#7 Marqués de Riscal by Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry also a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, designed the a rather unconventional winery in his own style showcased below. Hi’s famous for works like the world famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, shaped out of undulating lines, present at here  at Marqués de Riscal as well.

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Marqués de Riscal (Frank Gehry)

#8 Bodegas Ysios by Santiago Calatrava

Spanish world renowned architect Santiago Calatrava famous for his impressive civic projects like the Puente del Alamillo built for Expo ’92 In Seville, Spain and the scaled back World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Arcspace relate that the winery at Bodegas Ysios is:

“conceived as an element completely integrated in the surrounding landscape and, at the same time, as an autonomous site-specific sculpture.”

In our understanding that translates beautifully, the building stands out from the crowd with identity and character enhancing the environment and surroundings.

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Bodegas Ysios (Santiago Calatrava)

#9 Bodegas Darien by Jesús Marino Pascual

A white concrete and glass mass winery was designed to blend into the local environment, this is actually a common theme locally, a monumental presence . It’s located in Logroño, in La Rioja, Spain.

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Bodegas Darien (Jesús Marino Pascual)

#10 Bodegas Protos by Richard Rogers

The last Spanish winery on our list presents a fascinating visual contrast. Designed by architect Richard Rogers —collaborator on the Pompidou Center of the aforementioned Renzo Piano — “[the] aspiration of the client’s brief was to create a building that would be emblematic and respond to its context, particularly when viewed from the castle.”

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Bodegas Protos (Richard Rogers)

#11 The Wine Towers Of Radisson Blu’s Airport Hotels

Radisson Blu is a chain of upper-class hotels, spread  in the entire world most of them being located in Europe and Asia. While airport hotels are not that extraordinary there are two locations that the chain operates at London’s Stansted Airport and the Zurich Airport feature ‘wine towers,’  this asset being hard to refuse. The so called ‘tower’ in London tops out over 40 feet, while the one in Zurich clears 50 feet. On YouTube you can watch the angels in action.

If you’d like to enjoy a wine tower at a restaurant outside of an airport, Aureole Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay, features a 4 story wine tower…and yes, wine angels!

London Stansted Airport Hotel

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London Stansted Airport Hotel

# Zurich Airport Hotel

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Zurich Airport Hotel

#12 Foucault Pendulum at Stag’s Leap Cellars

Foucault’s Pendulum, entitled after the designer of the original French physicist Léon Foucault.Stag’s Leap Cellars, famous for placing first in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, features the pendulum you see below in the caves where it ages its own wines.

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The Foucault Pendulum at Stag’s Leap Cellars

#13 The Wine Cellar at The Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo

No single picture can do the Royal Wine Cellar at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo justice.It`s simply astonishing and it cannot be captured in one picture therefore bellow we`ve showcased a short video. It includes multiple restaurants rated with the Michelin 3-starred Louis XV and single-starred Le Grill along with a spectacular wine collection.

“Hollowed out of the rock, the wine cellars at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo represent one of the most extraordinary places in the Monte-Carlo SBM Resort. In the cool stillness lie hundreds of thousands of bottles evoking landscapes, Châteaux and estates, both French and foreign (like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne), going by the name of Lafite Rothschild, Petrus, Cheval Blanc, Yquem, Romanée-Conti, Dom Pérignon and Cristal Roederer just to name a few. The head cellarman is aided by a team of 10 people who have all adopted the house philosophy:

“to respect age-old expertise, never to lose sight of the link between the wine cellar and the restaurants, and to remember that the heritage they protect is the legacy of previous generations and a foundation for those to come.”

Anton Giuroiu

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