Chateau Lacoste is more than just a vineyard producing AOC wines and Vin de Pays on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence. It's also a place where land and art come together.
Works were commissioned by artists and architects to create sculptures and structures that fit into the existing landscape. Jean Nouvel had already designed the Wine Making Cellar when Tadao Ando, Sean Scully, Tunga, Michel Stripe, Andy Goldsworthy and dozens of others arrived to select a spot which spoke directly to them. Louise Bourgeois' Crouching spider is reminiscent of her work outside the National Art Center in Ottawa. Pictured above is a music pavillion designed by Frank Gehry. Other building are under construction including an exclusive Hotel & Spa.
Walking tours of the buildings and sculptures are open to all. With the help of a guided map and some good walking shoes you can meander along the well sign posted footpaths that take you on a 1.5 hours excursion through vines to discover each of the works. www.chateau-la-coste.com