The barrel cellar - La Bottaia - is the heart of Umani Ronchi. Your journey through our world of warm barrel wood and the wafting aromas of wine begins here. And it will end here, too, with a tasting after you have enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the cellars and adjacent vineyards.
La Bottaia was carved into a hill overlooking one of the family vineyards to create a seemingly spontaneous fusion of nature and functional elements. The sloping ceilings and inclined steel columns seem to accompany the thrust of the soil, making La Bottaia a fine example of destructured architecture where quality and sustainability find natural expression. All materials used were selected to shape the finest microclimatic conditions for storing and maturing wines in small wood. Internal walls in brick and pebble offset any imbalances in internal moisture, in effect creating a natural humidity compensator. The metal cladding on the external walls protects the interior from sunlight. Finally, air circulation and exchange is ensured thanks to a system of channels that works on the principle of the chimney effect. All in all, a significant project for a model cellar designed with sustainability in mind. Virtual Tour.
On the lefthand side of La Bottaia and its five hundred barriques is a space closed off by glass walls. This is our tasting room. The long wooden table and steel units hint at the estate’s recurring theme of mingling traditional materials with functionality and technology.
La Bottaia’s architectural concept embraces the cultural aspirations of this venue. The open space can host many different art forms making La Bottaia an exclusive location for tastings, events, dinners, concerts, travelling exhibitions and art expositions.
Let us take you on a journey of the senses, from vineyard to barrel cellar. Every visit can be tailored to your needs.
Visiting period: All year round, Tuesdays to Saturdays
Visiting hours: 9 am-1 pm/3.30 pm-7.30 pm
Closed: 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 18 September, 1 November, 8 December