Contemporary wine cellars in Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion needs no introduction, this UNESCO heritage site is home to some of the greatest wine estates of France. This medieval village is famous for the quality of its wines but also for its architecture. This medieval city boasts the largest monolithic church in Europe. A monument to discover in priority, now the emblem of the city.

Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux village of UNESCO

Its landscape has changed over time to become a place where modern architecture meets ancient underground cellars. If you prefer state-of-the-art properties, designed by world-renowned architects, rather than castles steeped in history and tradition, make your choice from the few outstanding places listed below and visit wines of Saint-Emilion.



This modern winery was recently renovated by architect Jean Nouvel. The shiny red façade of the cellar was Nouvel’s way of portraying the colour of wine. It houses a 600m2 vat room with a huge bay window and modern tronconic vats. La Dominique is primarily a place where wine is made, but it also has a restaurant called La Terrasse Rouge that is open to the public. As the name implies, the restaurant is in a covered part of the roof terrace that offers a panoramic view over the vineyards. Visitors can enjoy lunch or dinner after a complete tour of the winery and tasting of the wines from the domain.


Château La Dominique

33330 Saint-Emilion

Tél. : +33 (0)5 57 51 31 36


This 17th century estate is a perfect combination of old and new. On the outside it portrays the stone-clad traditional Bordeaux style building and on the inside it invites you to discover a newly renovated cellar designed by architect Guy Troprès. Tastings are held in a modern room that gives out to the barrel cellar with large bay windows that illuminates the space. Wine tourism is taken seriously at Chateau De Ferrand, where one can not only take a simple tour of the contemporary interior but also sign up for workshops to discover the art of blending, caviar and wine tasting as well as food and wine pairings with a qualified sommelier and Michelin-star chef.


Château de Ferrand


33330 Saint-Emilion

Tel. : +33 (0)5 57 74 47 11


The monumental winery designed by Mario Botta sits on top of the plateau overlooking the vines of Chateau Faugères. Also called the ‘cathedral of wine’ Faugères has created another landmark in St Emilion that stands out to such an extent that it cannot be ignored by any visitors on the wine route. The owner, Silvio Denz is a perfume designer and owner of Lalique, famous for its crystal creations. His constant quest for quality is reflected in the winery where the latest technology is applied to elaborate fine wines of the region. Tasting and visits are available by booking online on the chateau’s website.


Château Faugères

Saint-Etienne de Lisse

33330 Saint Emilion

Tel. : +33 (0)5 57 40 34 99


Below is a list of some other wineries in Saint-Emilion that have recently been re-designed by talented architects.

Further details can be found on the tourist office website :

Château Villemaurine - web site:

Château Barde Haut - web site:

Château Soutard - web site:

Château La Croizille - web site:

Château Pavie - web site:

Château Cheval Blanc (only open to professionals  - but worth seeing from the outside or from La Terrasse Rouge restaurant)