Pierre Gassmann's Alsace mega project

Monday March 12 2018 by Vitisphere

The architect’s impression of the new building with its winery and panoramic wine store at Domaine Rolly Gassmann in Alsace  The architect’s impression of the new building with its winery and panoramic wine store at Domaine Rolly Gassmann in Alsace

Domaine Rolly Gassmann does not do things by half measures. Current owner Pierre Gassmann, an independent winegrower, has been erecting a monumental building in the village of Rorschwihr, Alsace, since August 2016. The building is 125 metres long with a footprint of 15,000 m2 spread over 6 floors. It will house the future winery, bottling facilities, a storage area with wines from 5 vintages “to mature wines from 40 single vineyard sites”, a huge panoramic wine boutique, offices and staff accommodation.

The winegrower recruited the help of Alsace-based architect Guy Graf for the new building which required digging 28 metres deep into the hillside. A total 15,000 m3 of Oolithic limestone were cleared, followed by excavation of 65,000 m3 for the groundworks... Of the six floors, four will be underground and inside temperatures will be regulated using geothermal energy.

7 facilities under one roof

On the ground floor, the future tasting room will cover 800 m2 and be built with a wooden frame. It will enjoy 180° panoramic views over the vineyards: "We wanted a project where we could welcome our many visitors and friends from all over the world fittingly”, explained Pierre Gassmann in an interview. Up until now, the estate’s various activities were spread over 7 different sites around the village; the new building will now bring them together under one roof. As for the total cost of the project, the winegrower is refusing to let on.

 

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