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The 3 architect's wineries to visit in France

Modern buildings, with curves that blend into the landscape: this is the challenge of these architects who are building the cellars of the future. These artistic engineers are not short of imagination, in fact the buildings impress by their discretion and their voluptuousness. In trompe l'oeil, modern and minimalist, the architects' cellars house the most prized wines in the world. During your visit tothe winegrower's, you can't miss these 21st century buildings. Exclusive: the 4 architect's cellars to visit in France!

Château La Dominique

The cellar of this Saint-Emilion château was given a makeover in 2013 and called on the services of Jean Nouvel. This renowned architect has also designed the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, the Fondation Cartier and the Philharmonie de Paris: this means that the winery was in good hands. The result? A total renovation in shades of red and made of light wood. From the vineyard, you can see a long overhang of the building clad in shiny plastic. Inside, it is a very modern atmosphere that we find with a remarkable work done on the spaces and its perspectives.

Our advice: take advantage of the soberly designed outdoor space to drink a glass of Château wine.

Château Romanin

Head for Provence to discover Château Romanin. The 58-hectare estate (42 hectares of vineyards, 4 hectares of olive trees and 2 hectares of almond trees) is located between Saint-Rémy-de Provence and Eygalières. When you arrive, you will be amazed by the general beauty of the place. This 13th century castle is nestled between vineyards, mountains and woods. Inside, you will discover an exceptional place: a wine storehouse built according to the techniques used for gothic cathedrals. You will not know where to look with the high ceilings and the surgical precision of the details. In short, it is a place full of history in a sumptuous landscape: it is worth the detour!

Don't miss: take a walk in the olive grove under the southern sun: relaxation guaranteed.

Château Cheval Blanc

In 2011, Christian de Portzamparc built the cellar of the legendary Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion. The cellar of Bernard Arnaud's vineyard was completely redesigned and made of concrete. The Moroccan-born architect chose fluid curves to create a long building: the Cheval Blanc canopy was born. Seen from the outside, the winery is surprising at first glance and then blends harmoniously into the landscape. Inside, concrete is omnipresent. The vats impress by their size and number, while the room housing the maturing barrels is warmed by the use of light-coloured concrete.

Don't miss: take a walk at dusk along the path created by the arches of this cellar.

Ballande and Méneret logistic cellar

Located in the heart of Bordeaux between the Cité du Vin and the Musée du Vin et du Négoce, this logistical winery stands out in the southwestern city. Looking like a UFO with its almost too perfect rectangular shape, this concrete block transforms itself at night by lighting up with orange dots: sensations guaranteed! Inside, no less than 4 million bottles are stored in the 10,000 square metres available.

The little extra: take a tour of this building at nightfall, in the pine forest that surrounds it!

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