In the past, people used to visit farmer vineyards and wineries and would partake in some wine-tasting in the field. Of course, such a pleasurable activity still exists but with many places, a visit to a winery has turned into a high-end affair. If you just take a look at the world’s top wineries, you could swear that winery owners are trying to outdo the other in opulence. True enough, world-class architects have built impressive monuments to the fruit of the vine. Of course, these impressive facilities house some of the best wines in the world.

Today, we’ve compiled some of the best and most impressive wineries in the world:

Mission Hill Family Estate, West Kelowna, British Columbia

Founder Anthony von Mandl required a lot of earth moving in order to get the great view of Mission Hill’s Terrace restaurant. Made by the architect Tom Kundig, this winery houses rows of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines and the view is really nothing short of impressive.

Dominus Estate, Yountville, California

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This much admired winery is made by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. They are known for the condo building at 40 Bond Street in Manhattan as well as the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing. The Dominus Estate winery is located north of the Golden Gate Bridge and is widely photographed structure. The winery is not open to public but there are occasional architectural tours.

Bodegas Protos, Rioja, Spain

One of the first things that passengers will see upon landing at Madrid’s Barajas Airport is the winery Bodegas Protos. The winery is built under the five parallel barrel vaults placed into a sloping site underneath a fortress. Thanks to its unusual shape, it really does project a rather striking look.

 

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Peregrine Winery, Central Otago, New Zealand

The Peregrine Winery is only a single architectural gesture but it sure does strike a big first impression. Visitors describe the 450-foot-long translucent roof to be the “blade of light” which is definitely an eye-catcher. Events like weddings are held here on a regular basis.

Château Margaux, France

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Château Margaux is considered to be one of the more recognizable wineries in the world. It’s not surprising considering its great beauty. Any wine connoisseur will know about Château Margaux even without seeing the place due to the most expensive wine bottle ever sold – the 1787 bottle that will cost you a whopping $225,000.