Places with history, renovated by prestigious architects to offer not only quality wines but also attractive spaces. Barcelona Private Experiences offers you a relationship of this magnificent symbiosis that wine and architecture have been able to combine.
The main winery companies have decided to bet on the architecture of the 21st century to create great works of art that go far beyond the classic work of storage and aging of the wine. In recent times, some of the best known wine companies in our country have opted for prestigious architects to design their wineries.
Marqués de Riscal & Frank O. Gehry
The famous Canadian architect has created a building that, although full of forms, is in perfect harmony with the landscape of the area. The vineyards of these lands of the Rioja Alavesa, the old Marqués de Riscal wineries and their extensive tradition and of course their wines, have inspired Gehry to create a building unprecedented in the world in architecture and, of course, in the one in the cellars.
Like the Guggenheim Museum, the designed building is covered with titanium, although in this case, the architect wanted to imbue his work with the representative colors of Marqués de Riscal: rose, like red wine, gold, like the mesh of the Riscal bottles, and silver, like the capsule of the bottle.
Ysios & Santiago Calatrava
In the most beautiful area of the Rioja Alavesa, located at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria, stands the extraordinary silhouette of Ysios. The winery surprises and fascinates those who visit this privileged land, considered one of the best areas in the world for growing grapes. The architect designed it through the sublimation of the lines of a row of barrels. Like its interior, which also follows its avant-garde stele. Ysios is an icon in the Rioja Alavesa.
Bodegas Portia (Grupo Faustino) & Norman Foster
In Ribera del Duero, in Gumiel de Izán (Burgos) stands the winery designed by Sir Norman Foster, who after receiving the order he stay a year to live among vines.
The inspiration came in the form of a flower with three petals. In the first a fermenting wine. In the second the barrels would be stacked. And in the third, the bottles would sleep in a vertical structure unique in the world. All this, based on concrete, glass, oak and steel.
Protos & Richard Rogers
Sir Richard Rogers, the architect of the T4 in Madrid, the Pompidou Center in Paris or the Millennium Dome in London, just to mention some of his most outstanding projects was entrusted with the expansion of this centenary cellar: an annex of 20,000 square meters, with storage capacity of 3.5 million bottles and 5,000 barrels. It is connected to the old winery and its 1,500 meters of underground galleries through two tunnels.
This modular form breaks the volume and overall scale of the building, creating a structure that is in tune with the adjacent buildings, the surrounding landscape and imitates barrels that are born from the earth.
Señorío de Arínzano (Bodegas Chivite) & Rafael Moneo
Rafael Moneo, the only Spanish Pritzker Prize, architect of the complex expansion of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the multipurpose Kursaal Auditorium of San Sebastián, or the extension of the Atocha Station in Madrid, was the chosen one to submerge in a sea of 355 hectares of vineyard ordered by plots of different grape varieties, of which 128 are dedicated to the production of wines of the highest category. A total of 1,000 hectares make up this immense estate, which houses a relevant historical heritage dating back to the 16th century and which Moneo had to combine, develop and link with architectural structures of the 21st century.
Viña Tondonia (Bodegas López de Heredia) & Zaha Hadid
In Haro (Logroño) and on the occasion of its 125th anniversary and to commemorate so many years devoted to the production of quality wines generation after generation, the López de Heredia family decided to indulge in an architectural luxury, a jewel of modernism in a 19th century cellar. Today the structure is a permanent part of the winery because it integrates tradition and modernity, wine and aesthetics, nature and architecture.
Viña Real & Philippe Mazieres
In Laguardia (Álava), this winery designed by the French architect Philippe Mazieres, was designed with three buildings, the main one is built in red cedar and has the shape of a tub. The natural light, the caves excavated to store the wine and the leading technology -with the use of gravity, installation of the first vertical hopper in Spain- define this monumental work. As a curiosity, it was the first winery in Spain adapted entirely for the blind people by means of specialized signage to allow them a complete visit to the winery.
We have also selected this winery for its uniqueness in transmitting emotions and wine and artistic sensations at the same time. Five unique buildings today make up the Señorío and the Bodega de Otazu. The church of San Esteban, from the 12th century, was the first stone of this natural amphitheater of great beauty. La Torre de Otazu, from the 14th century, one more point in the chain of medieval defensive towers that once abounded throughout the Etxauri mountain range and the vicinity of Pamplona.
The Renaissance Palace of the 16th century and the oak forest give back the splendor to a historically recovered area. The two remaining buildings are the old and the new winery. One in the shadow of the other. The old cellar, in the purest French style, was built in 1840 and today, in addition to housing the Bodega’s headquarters, it is an authentic wine museum, a historical journey through a honest way of understanding the care of the vineyard and the preparation of the wine.
The extraordinary examples of contemporary art that come together are again a historical reflection of their origins. Art courts wine and vice versa. Indeed, all these extraordinary works of art are clear symbols of a culture that evolves in one of the most beautiful places that can be known and recognized, where wine is not one more, but likes to look like it.