Chateau La Coste
WINE, WINE SHOP, WINE TASTING, THE ART OF WINE MAKING & APPRECIATON, BOOKSHOP, RESTAURANT, CAFE, ART & ARCHITECTURE WALK
Adhering to biodynamic principles, Château la Coste strives to preserve the terroir, protecting its fertility, safeguarding the essence of the soil. The alchemy of blending lives on in a state of the art ‘cuverie’ designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and inaugurated with the grape harvest of 2008. This latest technology ensures the natural expression of the wine and brings new life to a long tradition.
In 2009 our wines were given the French organic label “AB” in recognition of the respect shown to the land along with the methods used which are in perfect harmony with nature.
THE WINE SHOP
Housed in a 19th-century farmhouse, the Wineshop of Château La Coste invites you to discover the different ranges of red, white and rosé wines produced on the domain.
Share a convivial moment and enliven your senses with a wine tasting, accompanied by local delicacies.
Throughout the day, our team is at the ready to answer your questions and give advice on food and wine pairings.
In season, our olive oil and honey can also be tasted.
The wineshop offers an original selection of products for the wine enthusiast as well as tableware, glassware and books on wine.
THE ART OF WINE MAKING AND WINE APPRECIATION
La Revue des Vins de France awarded Château La Coste the prize of Best Wine Destination in France 2015. Our team of wine experts offers you the chance to deepen your knowledge of wine-making and wine-appreciation. With a visit to the Chai de vinification of Jean Nouvel, visitors will gain a preliminary introduction to the winemaking process at Château la Coste. Also on offer are sensory workshops and in-depth courses on winemaking and wine-tasting.
The bookshop offers specialist works on each of the artists and architects whose installations are on the Domain. Academic books, monographs, essays and DVD’s on principal figures and movements in contemporary art and architecture are also available.
Volumes on wine, gastronomy and Provencal garden design are included as well as a selection of creative books for children. We are proud to propose a range of rare titles which will appeal to those looking for a more in-depth knowledge.
THE TADAO ANDO RESTAURANT
The team in the Tadao Ando Art Centre restaurant welcomes you every day. In this wide open luminous space, enjoy lunch at the water’s edge accompanied by Château La Coste wines, or sit on the terrace in the late afternoon with a cup of genmaicha tea and watch the sun go down across the vines.
The in-house menu highlights seasonal produce from the organic vegetable garden specially designed by Louis Benech. Provençal and Mediterranean dishes are freshly prepared in our kitchen and served throughout the day.
“La Terrasse” is our outdoor café situated in the heart of the old domain. Using ingredients from the kitchen garden, “La Terrasse” offers fresh salads, chilled soups, home-made tarts, farmers cheeses and organic charcuterie, accompanied by the wines of the domain.
With live music throughout the summer, “La Terrasse” is a little bit of Provence to be enjoyed in the company of friends or family.
ART & ARCHITECTURE WALK
Château La Coste is a vineyard where Wine, Art & Architecture live in harmony. Artists and architects were invited to visit the Domain and discover the beauty of Provence. In turn, they were encouraged to choose a place in the landscape that spoke directly to them and were given the freedom to create a work that would live there. Château La Coste will continue to evolve as new projects and installations are developed.
Walk at your leisure through wooded hilltops and valleys, alongside olive groves and vine fields, discovering the many installations of contemporary art on your way.
THE ART CENTRE
Tadao Ando conceived the Art Centre for Château La Coste. The building adopts many of the Japanese master’s signature elements to create an extraordinary experience of light and space in nature. A vast infinity pool of water hides an underground car park and provides a spectacular stage for an upper level that is laid out on a V-shaped plan. Flanked by entire elevations of glass, one wing of this ‘V’ houses our welcome desk and bookshop, while the other wing includes a restaurant which overlooks the water and vines.
Tadao Ando’s uniquely smooth concrete walls are marked by a series of conical points and are organised into tatami proportions. His sculptural use of this medium creates strong geometric lines, framed points of view and a variety of reflections throughout the day. The interplay between interior and exterior spaces is seen everywhere in the building and this integration into the landscape is perfectly highlighted by the colonnade that disappears beyond the building into the vines.
“What I tried to do here, because of the presence of Cézanne in Aix, is create new works close to nature.” Tadao Ando says. “I wanted to capture the same, very humble spirit of a Cézanne painting.”
Special prices on all wines, books, food and courses for L’e Marquis clients