Vineyard Architecture: Spain

Vineyard Architecture: Spain

Written by Johanna DiNardo

Prominent vineyards from around the world have sought renowned architects to design their facilities. Their goal: to make their visual facade as impactful as the first sip.

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We have curated our most inspirational vineyards that synchronize the art of wine and architectural design. In the first installment of this new series, we took a look at some of Spain’s most stunning vineyards.

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Santiago Calatrava


photo: © Bodegas Ysios

BODEGAS YSIOS - Álava, Spain

BODEGAS YSIOS, in the Rioja region of Spain, was designed by Santiago Calatrava. The vineyard looked to Calatrava to create an iconic structure for its prestigious new wine 'la Rioja Alavesa.' Its unusual waved aluminum roof comprised of burly, rectangular panels, sits on a contrasting warm cedar base. The spectacular structure is planted in the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains. During daylight, the effect of retracted light volumizes the roof and creates a kinetic effect in contrast to the serene background of the vineyard. Linearity was a focal element for the design. The ruled surface wave balances on a longitudinal axis, and the simple rectangular frame alludes to the linear process of wine-making, as do entrances at the East and West ends.

 

photo: Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers, 2001

photo: Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers, 2001

photo: Shuttershock

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Frank Gehry

photo: David Herraez, 2014

MARQUÉS de RISCAL - Elciego, Spain

MARQUÉS de RISCAL dates to 1858. Desiring a makeover for the distinguished winery, the owners enlisted Pritzker Prize winner, Frank Gehry. The titanium sculptural roofs' whimsy is indicative of a curled ribbon. Gehry's design intent was to encapsulate the character of the Rioja wine-production region's famous vintage within the building's exterior -- reflecting the pink hues of Rioja, the silver foil shielding the cork, and the distinctive gold mesh which adorns all Marqués de Riscal bottles. In addition to its vineyards, the site includes an art-centric 5-star hotel, spa, and museum.

photos: © Marques de Riscal


Other works of architect Frank Gehry, include: Museo Guggenheim Bilbao


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Zaha Hadid

photo: © Hélène Binet

R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA - Rioja, Spain

R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA celebrated its 125th anniversary by commissioning the well-known Pritzker Prize winning, Zaha Hadid, to design a pavilion to house a tasting room. Their famous wine, Vina Tondonia Riojas, is renowned for the length of maturation time – the current release for Tondonia Reserva red is from the 2006 vintage. Inspired by this, Hadid wanted to create a "new bottle, for an old wine," exemplified by building a new pavilion to contain the old pavilion, restored in the 20th century. Her modern white triangular structure touches on the evolution of this century-old vineyard.

photos: © Hélène Binet

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J. Mariano Pascual

photo: © Shuttershock

BODEGAS SOMMOS- Huesca, Spain

BODEGAS SOMMOS is one of the most modern and innovative wineries in existence. Designed by J. Mariano Pascual, the building was made to resemble a butterfly -- a futuristic butterfly. Comprised of steel and glass, geometric sharp edges interlace and draw the eye to various prisms and planes. The glass reflects the blue sky, while the silver faces are ablaze in the sunlight. Sommos is internationally renowned in the press as “one of the architectural wonders of the winemaking world." The winery houses 30,000 square meters, mainly underneath this state-of-the-art structure.

 

photo: © Sommos

photo: © Shuttershock

photo: © Sommos

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