The Bodegas Ysios Winery, located in Spain's Rioja region, is a masterpiece of architect Santiago Calatrava and opened its door in 2001. Gigantic bars of aluminum form the wavy roof, which mirrors the mountains in the background and fits seamlessly into the surrounding. Its name is a tribute to Isis and Osiris, Egyptian gods closely linked to the world of wine.
Rocca of Frassinello, born in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, is considered as a meeting of the best of Italy and France, producing three kinds of famous wines. It combines traditional forms of Tuscan architecture with an industrial theme. A rectangular tower holds heliostats that reflect light into the building interior.
Set in the hills of Italy's Toscana region, Petra Winery is surrounded by the rolling vineyards that produce some of the world's finest wines. Designed by the Swiss architect, Mario Botta, the winery features a cylindrical core and a plant-topped roof, but the building is firmly grounded in the region, with an exterior clad in rough-hewn pink stone from Verona.
Lapostolle Clos Apalta Winery, built by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, scion of the French wine-and-spirit-making family that produces Grand Marnier, is a must see of Colchagua Valley in Chile. It is a six-level structure of wood, glass, and steel that looks a bit like a bird's nest perched on the side of a mountain.
L'And Vineyards, situated in Portugal, was designed by the Lisbon-based firm Promontorio and completed in 2011. Inspired by the local lime-washed buildings, it has a stark white exterior built in natural stone and local wood. It is set in an architectural gem featuring rooms with retractable ceilings, allowing guests to sleep under the stars.
When asked to design a new streamlined winery for Ch??teau Cheval Blanc, in France, Pritzker Prize???winning architect Christian de Portzamparc drew inspiration from the concrete fermentation vats used and created a curvilinear sculpture perched atop the surrounding grapevines with a white concrete canopy. It can serve as a promontory-belvedere where you can admire the vineyard's beautiful landscape.
Marqués de Riscal winery in Spain is notable for its pioneering, innovative and nonconformist. Designed by Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry and completed in 2006, it combines tradition and future, having a pink-hued titanium exterior. Now it serves as the center of its new City of Wine, and is home to a hotel, restaurant, and a Caudalie spa.
O. Fournier Winery, designed by Bormida & Yanzon and completed in 2007, is located on a farm in Argentina. This site is very scenic for tourists: the natural landscape at the Andes foothills has breathtaking views of the mountain peaks, covered by snow most of the time in a year round and the cultural landscape is typical of the oases in Mendoza.