A giant futuristic tortoise is poised a grassy hills in Umbria near Bevagna. No one is filming a thriller out here among the vineyards – it is actually the first building designed by world famous Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.
Known for his massive metal globes “Sphere Within Sphere” located at the UN in New York, the Vatican Museums, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, the almost-ninety year old accepted a commission to create a winery that would be the showpiece of the winemaking Lunelli family, owners of Ferrari
champagnes sparkling wines.
In Umbria, their Tenuta Castelbuono label produces the DOC Montefalco Rosso and DOCG Sagrantino di Montefalco in a setting like no other.
“I drew my inspiration from the tortoise, symbol of stability and longevity, whose carapace represents the union between earth and sky,” says Pomodoro.
The attention lavished by architectural publications on the building, which opened in the summer of 2012, brings a steady stream of visitors who end up tasting the wine and find it’s really quite good. The wow factor here is amazing, both inside and out, so it would have been a real shame if the wine hadn’t lived up to the setting.
Tours of the winery in English upon reservation.
Sharri writes about food, wine and international travel from Umbria, where she and her husband grow olives. In addition to articles, she writes a blog,
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