The award-winning Le Monde winery nestles between the sea and the hills of northeast Italy, an area steeped in traditional wine culture. The focus of this wine tasting room was to create a space devoted to sensory experience that ensured a constant visual connection with the surrounding vineyards.

‘The focus of the wine tasting room project was to create a space devoted to sensory experience, that ensured a constant visual connection with the surrounding vineyard, via the existing gallery windows.’

To enhance this connection, two large tasting tables extend in line with the rows of vines that stretch as far as the eye can see outside, merging the long linear landscape of the vineyards with the wine tasting room’s interior. The pair of tables are solid nine-metre-long walnut, divided through the middle to reveal an inner contrasting Corten core. They hold both sides of the table together, acting as an almost invisible support and forming an elevated platform at one edge for use as a table when standing.

A bespoke bottle display from Corten and timber, and a main counter that works as both kitchen and feature-bottle display are placed at the front of the room as one enters. The entire counter is solid stone with a Corten fascia that is shaved at one front edge to present a laser cut map of the vineyard.

The Lighting Feature is an award-winning installation of cascading white LED tubes by IM Lab, produced by Vibia. The installation is reminiscent of pouring wine, to create a connection between the staircase and the counter, gently encouraging visitors through the space.

The overall result is a room that is at one with its surroundings and offers visitors a beautifully considered environment from which they can sample the award-winning produce of this fine Italian winery.

Photography by Studio Auber