Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From the permanence of Andrea Palladio’s 1550s design of Villa di Maser wine estate in Veneto, Italy to the iconic splendour of Louis Combes 1810 landmark Bordeaux winery at Chateau Margaux, there are plenty of precedents to suggest that good wine and good architecture make perfect partners. In New Zealand winemakers are as alert as their international counterparts to the potential of creating a unique identity with the help of striking, individual architecture winery design. Peregrine Wines in Central Otago’s Gibbston Valley is a classic example. This spectacular structure - evocative of our native hawk in flight - was designed by Chris Kelly of Architecture Workshop, Wellington and is the only New Zealand building to have ever been named in the prestigious London-based ar+d Emerging Architecture awards.
Check out the Peregrine website if you want to see much better photos. I was in a hurry when I took this and I could have done better.