With a taste of Chianti
Inspiration .....do you ever feel the lack of it, what are the things and places you draw from? Asking myself these and other similar questions, I indulged in a search, a search for something beautiful, something unknown, something new, a search for inspiration… You may find the beginning too poetic, but these rainy spring days with their sleepy afternoons create a fabulous , a dreamy and carried away feeling. Sometimes you hear the murmur of dripping drops on the window, huddled in your warm blanket, playful flames caressing your cool sides, and with your senses you feel the aroma of fresh Chianti with a ruby color, sparkling in your glass… takes you to your native places.
The hills of Tuscany, on which some medieval castles and some of their more modern brethren are picturesquely perched. I want to take you to such a place. For a more fulfilling experience you can pour yourself a glass of wine and travel, at least mentally together.
Here it is:
What?… don't you see it? There it is in the distance, behind the trunks of the trees.
Bulgari Winery appears shyly in front of you, so intertwined with its landscape and environment that it is really possible for the gaze on the hills to miss it, and this is not desirable.
We find it near the small town of San Casciano dei Bagni. It is the work of Italian architects Alvisi Kirimoto & partners.
At first glance, it is clear that one of the main goals of the designers for the building to be in harmony with the landscape, to be a natural continuation of it, has been achieved. The green roofs also help.
The materials and colors are in sync with the surrounding landscape, the color of the concrete walls and clinker is the same as that of the soil responsible for the qualities of the wine produced.
Keeping up with modern trends, the requirements for energy efficiency have been observed, geothermal energy has been used, the digging of the premises provides favorable conditions for wine production and storage, without high energy consumption. The goal of the owners is to achieve zero carbon emissions, to be in unison and part of nature, to use the goods of the earth without harming it.
The approaches are skillfully situated so as to avoid the intersection of flows of employees, visitors and production, the sloping terrain also contributes to this. Arriving at the parking lot, a small building appears on the left, which kindly invites us to enter. at this point we have no idea what hidden secrets she keeps for us. Most of it actually remains hidden in the folds of the field, so as to reveal to us the mystique of winemaking consistently and patiently by entering its bowels.
Here we are, inside. We are in the tasting room, which makes the transition between the outside world and the magic of production. Located so as to have a direct visual connection to the barrel aging room and to the surrounding landscape.
Here the visitor can trace the life of the grape to its transformation into a divine drink.
Through this entrance the raw materials arrive for the realization of the magical transformation and end up here:
After a certain period of fermentation in the metal barrels, the wine is taken to a quieter place:
And finally it matures in bottles in a very secret place below us (the hall is located below the tasting room, but unfortunately I don't have a photo from there).
And so, it seems it's time for us to try the wine too!
And then to say goodbye, unwanted goodbye.
Hmmm… you can wake up now. Cheers! And see you soon!
PS: I hope you found a little beauty and inspiration with me.
The photo material is from here: www.alvisikirimoto.com