The Domaine de Fontenille wine cellar
The owners, Frédéric Biousse and Guillaume Foucher, entrusted the construction of a wine cellar and tasting room to French architect Alexandre Lafourcade.
The old vaulted cellar had originally been part of the bastide of the Domaine de Fontenille, located in the heart of Provence. As the intention was to make the bastide available to the hotel's clients, Alexandre Lafourcade decided to separate the old cellar from the bastide and create a new free-standing one in the beautiful Luberon countryside.
Creating the cellar involved a compromise between technical parameters and aesthetic concerns.
The challenge was to create a new energy-efficient building, economical, but perfectly integrated into its natural environment.
The materials were high-quality but not overly expensive. Also, Lafourcade Architecture wanted this traditional building to look as if it had existed for several decades.
It's worth ensuring you have plenty of time to explore the well-stocked shop, the tasting room and the new cellar boasting the latest wine-making techniques.