A winery that is already showing a lot of bottle

Friday March 30 2018 by Vitisphere

Château Castigno’s new winery is in stark contrast to the traditional buildings of the region. Belgian interior designer Lionel Jadot wanted it in the shape of a wine bottle, lying on the ground.Château Castigno’s new winery is in stark contrast to the traditional buildings of the region. Belgian interior designer Lionel Jadot wanted it in the shape of a wine bottle, lying on the ground. - Photo credit : Casigno

A decidedly strange building has emerged from the vineyards of Assignan, in the heart of the Saint Chinian wine region. To say that Château Castigno’s new winery has broken the mould in terms of regional architecture, is an understatement to say the least. Belgian interior designer Lionel Jadot, who dreamt up the project, wanted it to be in the shape of a wine bottle lying on the ground.

A natural touch

Surprisingly, the bottle is not cylindrical but rectangular, as if a slice had been cut off the top. Additionally, the building is entirely covered with sheets of raw cork, which were screwed on by hand, all 1,500 m2 of them. They add a “natural touch” that helps the building blend in with the surrounding landscape.

The huge bottle is 80 m long and 18 m wide. Inside lies a winery with a capacity in excess of 2,000 hl – complete with stainless steel tanks, concrete tulip-shaped vats and conical wooden vats – which already houses wines from the 2017 harvest.

In the basement, the barrel cellar is built in the same “raw nature” spirit with its smooth pink concrete floor, ceiling lined with staves and wooden palisade against the walls to simulate the rounded interior of a barrel...

A bottleneck for tourists

Supported by steel legs, the (square) neck rises a few metres from the ground. Inside an extensive 100m2 room is dedicated to wine tourism activities: curated tastings, blending workshops, seminars... A large bay window offers a plunging view over the vineyards and the shop and bar are in the shoulders of the bottle.

Marc and Tine Verstraete bought the estate in 2007. They farm 32 hectares of organically certified vines in the Saint Chinian appellation area.

 

 

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