Cantina del Chianti Classico Marchesi Antinori, in Bargino – a village within the municipality of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, in the province of Florence – opened in October of 2012. Its two horizontal slashes on the hill are like a double wound, a symbol of tillage – marking the beginning of seasonal agricultural work, representing the deep bond between man and land. A fruitful bond that, in this case, yields what Ernest Hemingway defined “one of the most civilized things in the world”: wine.
Light penetrates through the structure’s crevices and enters inner spaces that are hidden, merged with the earth, protecting wine as it ages, in barrels set in long lines under the high vaulted ceilings. Above the cellar there are an oil mill, a Vin Santo bar, a restaurant, an auditorium, a museum, tasting halls and a library: everything one could ever need to discover the ancestral relationship that underlies the art of winemaking.
Above still, there are the inner courtyards and the offices, which face the natural light through round openings. Designed by Studio Hydea and the Florentine architect Marco Casamonti, founder of the Archea Associati studio, Cantina Antinori is the new headquarters of a historic family-owned company, and was built exclusively with natural and local materials, such as terracotta from Impruneta.
This is a place where man was able to caress the earth, and to obtain the best from it through patience and knowledge.