A masterwork of sustainable, industrial postmodernism, MonteRosola Winery presides over 307 acres from its hillside overlooking the medieval city of Volterra in the heart of Tuscan wine country, between the wine-growing regions of Chianti and Bolgheri.
The winery hides leading-edge organic winemaking technology mostly underground (gravity fed aging tanks, heat pumps, solar and geothermal temperature controls, rainwater storage, etc.). Above ground, the façade flaunts its tan fieldstone rectangles, umber archways, arcades, and terracotta tile roofs that evoke the architecture of Volterra.
Built from 2013 to 2019 by architects Paolo Prati and Tiziana Chierici, MonteRosola (“hill of poppies”) combines traditional winemaking techniques with sustainable agriculture.
The complex includes a five-story “Cantina” tasting room, wine shop, catering kitchen, and indoor-outdoor spaces for intimate or grand-scale events, as well as an indoor pool and a helipad.
Nearly 60 acres are under vine—Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Vermentino, Grechetto, and Incrocio Manzoni varieties—producing about 60,000 bottles annually under master oenologist Alberto Antonini. The remaining land is composed of a lake, woodland (producing white truffles), and a 3,500-tree olive grove.
The owner’s residence is a restored circa-1490 fieldstone country manor house with charms of its own. The grounds include solar panels, several outbuildings, a classically inspired outdoor pool, and a sculpture by Mauro Staccioli.