TU Delft graduation project
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An old proverb from Piedmont, North-West Italy, states that there’s no home without a ‘crutin’. Crutins were traditional underground excavations, built to store and age wine for long periods. They could benefit from the exceptional isolating capacity of thick layers of soil. When built close to houses, they became a place to taste old wines in company, particularly during winter.
This project aims to rediscover the sustainability of epigeous constructions to make wine and apply it to a new concept of winery, one that might add to the social experiences of producing wine and, well above ground, tasting it. Winemakers and visitors are immersed into the winemaking process through variations in scale across all twelve steps of vinification, from grapes to bottles.
Taking advantage of the hilly nature of the region’s topography, the wine is allowed to flow down from one step to the next, eliminating mechanical pumping and enhancing the quality of wine. Natural upwards ventilation rids the space of CO2 from the fermentation.
Wine production diagram
Rural situation of the area
Relevant sections to shape to function diagrams
Processing interactive environment tool
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