Some Montepulciano and Montalcino wineries are noted for their impressive architectural elements and production technologies. In Montepulciano, for example, you can visit Cantina Salcheto an independently powered winery, founded on energy saving and environmental efficiency. The estate covers 65 hectares, 50 of which are covered in vineyards, organic and divided into three lots producing about 230,000 bottles every year.
Cantina di Montalcino is situated in the Val di Cava and was restructured with an important, modern architectural project, whose distinctive roof follows the natural movement of the hills. More than 50% of the winery is underground, as dictated by tradition, to allow easier temperature control and better energy saving. Much of the electricity needed is produced independently with a help of a photovoltaic system.
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