A gravitational winery in the South of France

Designed by French architect Marc Barani, the winery of Les Davids estate looks for an integrated and respectful approach both with the landscape and with the wine making process.

Sometimes called the French Tuscany, the Luberon is one of the French departments which best embodies a happy balance between nature, anthropized countryside and charming hamlets dominated by the typical colors of ocher and powder blue. Within this scenario, the French architect Marc Barani realized in the twenty hectares estate Les Davids a cellar of more than two thousand square meters built according to the assumptions of the gravitational method, an approach to wine production which avoids the use of pumps and relies instead the force of gravity to move must from the highest to the lowest floors.

The structure, built at the top of a small slope and directly overlooking the vineyards, is inspired to the architectural typology of the mastaba, one of the first tombs of the Egyptian civilization of which the winery exhumes the presence of underground levels, here used for wine processing and storage. The formal simplicity of the building, a compact parallelepiped, is enriched only by a long concrete canopy that mediates between the vines and the glass wall that overlooks the concrete barrels, highlighting a vast shady space. Here, the ceramic mural by Belgian artist Yves Zurstrassen imposes itself as the only decorative piece, also resumed with smaller insertions in the offices and in the tasting room.

Luberon, France
Marc Barani
Area :
2130 sqm

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