Wine and architecture

Rocca di Frassinello

A real treasure in the hills of Maremma. I'm talking about the Rocca di Frassinello winery designed and planned by one of Italy’s top architects: Renzo Piano.
Moving inland, away from the sea and the beaches of Castiglione della Pescaia, in the direction of Gavorrano, you arrive in a place from another time and with a unique flavour. A small town in the province of Grosseto perched on a hill overlooking long clearings of what was once wetland. In the distance, the sea and long rows of pine trees, typical of this part of Tuscany.

Following the strictly earthwork wine route, past farms and houses surrounded by greenery, you finally reach destination: Rocca di Frassinello. In the midst of acres of vineyards, ranked like small toy soldiers, a tower appears. Modern and imposing but at the same time harmonious. In fact, the winery reproduces the structure of a castle but largely underground. The area is about 8,000 square metres. At the foot of the tower is an open square where the grapes are collected at the end of the grape harvest. And it is in this space, in a glass pavilion with breathtaking views, that you can taste some of the company's labels.
The peculiarity of this square lies in the fact that, once selected, the grapes fall through openings directly into stainless steel vats preciously guarded underground.

But the show is not over! There is the winery amphitheatre to visit. Here, in great silence, lie oak barrels, barrique casks arranged in concentric descending steps as in an arena. They are illuminated by the sun's rays that are transmitted from the light-trapping tower and reflected by a series of suitably adjusted mirrors.
In summer, in this scenic area, you can listen to classical music concerts organized by the "Melodia del Vino" Festival. On the other hand, the visit to the winery is open all year round. Just send an email to this address: info@castellare.it, or call directly: 0577.742903 – 0577.740490.
After the tour and tasting, all that remains is to go back towards the sea.

Silvia Marzucchi

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