Spain is today a world reference in gastronomy for the quality of its products. Whether for its oil, cheeses, Iberian ham or typical dishes such as paella, we always talk about Spanish food. But the wines are still missing, which enchants all those who taste them. Spanish wine, and of course, the wineries, are a great source of economic and tourist development in Spain.
The country has hundreds of wineries for all tastes, all provinces and various options.
We leave here 5 wineries where you can find the art of wine and design:
Bodegas Marqués de Riscal
In the small town of El Ciego, near Laguardia in Rioja, Bodega Marqués de Riscal has made a revolution in the design of Spanish wineries. After spending 60 million euros to remodel its facilities with the famous Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry (author of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao), the winery has become an icon, even outside Spain. With tones reminiscent of red, white and rosé wine (lilac, golden and pink), the winery is part of a complex called Ciudad del Vino, which includes a winetherapy spa, a restaurant with a Michelin star and a hotel.
In Penafiel (Valladolid), near the Duero river, under the castle of the same name, is the Bodega Protos, designed by the British architect Richard Rogers in 2008 (responsible for the Pompidou Center in Paris). The work cost 36 million of euros and the shape of five hills expresses the idea that the castle is over it. Mixing the old and the contemporary, the building is also representative for its ecological solutions that minimize the consumption of energy. The energy saving is not only important, but also consubstantial to the design. You can buy wine bottles directly and make a visit to try different wines.
Gumiel de Izál, a town of 625 inhabitants near Burgos, saw the birth of a great futuristic clover, made of wood, steel, glass and concrete, in the year 2010. Created by Norman Foster, the British architect who built the airport of Beijing, the winery reflects the three main phases of production: fermentation in steel casks, aging in oak barrels and aging in the bottles. At the heart of the winery there is a raised public gallery that extends into glazed mezzanines, from which visitors have the opportunity to contemplate the different stages of production. In addition to the guided tour, you can eat in the restautante or drink a glass of wine and get a bite on the terrace overlooking the Ribera del Duero region.
Bodegas Viña Real (Cvne)
Between the cities of Laguardia and Logroño, in Rioja, is the Bodega(winery) Viña Real, of the group Cvne. From the top of a mountain you can see a large barrel of wood and steel, which dominates the landscape. Designed by the French architect Phillipe Mazières in 2004, the winery shows something surprising in the interior: under the skylight, the floor of the nave is glass and allows to see the room of barrels of the lower level, which causes an effect optically incomparable: it seems that the ceiling is inclined towards the outside, when in fact it is straight and those that are inclined are the columns. The winery has a shop that sells all the bottles of the Cvne group and also a space for concerted wine tasting.
Bodegas López de Heredia Viña Tondonia
Located in Haro, also in Rioja, this winery had a change of image when the famous Iranian architect Zaha Hadid, who created the Guangzhou Opera in China, decided to put a glass bottle as a store and exhibition room in the space next to the facilities. Taking advantage of an old wooden modernist stand used by the brand in the 1910 universal exhibition (and that belonged to the owner’s great-grandfather), the bottle is the cover that covers and protects it, creating a unique space that joins past and present From the year 2006. The boutique is a space for the sale and tasting of wines. In addition, the winery offers pre-arranged visits.
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