Thursday August 23 2007 / Art & Design

The Apalta valley, just two hours southwest of Santiago, in the southern portion of the famous Rapel valley, is a premier Chilean winemaking area where many of the best Chilean wine producers have vineyards and bodegas (wineries).

The façade has 24 wooden vertical beams of differing heights to represent the number of months required to make each bottle of the wine. The facility will be dedicated exclusively to making Clos Apalta, Casa Lapostolle?s icon wine.

The Clos Apalta Winery & Lodge is the culmination of the dream of Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband, Cyril de Bournet, to create a world-class winery in Chile.

The complex was designed by architects ,Roberto Benavente, Bernd Haller and Luis González and it was necessary to excavate 25 meters (82 feet) into a hill in the Apalata vineyard to insert the 6-level construction. The special gravity-flow design allows the entire wine-making production process to flow from top to bottom without the use of pumps: reception of the wine on the top level, down to fermentation, the first-year barrel room, the second-year barrel room, the blending room, and bottling on the lowest level.

For more information, please check out their website at www.closapalta.cl

Suggested by
Ian Skellern