No other wine region in the world can offer the mixture of cutting edge modern architecture along with historic vineyards.
In a region where medieval history is seen everywhere and rustic and timeless landscapes surround you, the contrast with avant-garde winery architecture couldn’t be more spectacular.
The region has quickly become the capital of such architecture – designed by innovative and international architects such as Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid.
This juxtaposition of rich history and local heritage with the shock of the new truly makes Rioja unique among both wine regions and international travel destinations.
Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourselves:
Marqués de Riscal – Frank Gehry
The marriage of tradition and innovation is quintessentially captured at Marqués de Riscal's Ciudad del Vino - "city of wine." Completed in 2006, the Frank Gehry –designed complex includes a hotel, a full-service wine therapy spa, a restaurant, a meeting/conference center and a banquet hall. Need we say more?
López de Heredia Vina Tondonia – Zaha Hadid
Tradition meets innovation in the oldest winery in Haro (capital of the Rioja Alta region) and one of the first three houses in Rioja is still ran and operated by the López de Heredia family.
Viña Real – Philippe Mazieres
Located in Rioja Alavesa, Viña Real combines the concepts of man, nobility and modernity with the use of concrete, wood and stainless steel – the main components of this cellar.
Bodegas Ysios – Santiago Calatrava
Situated in Rioja Alavesa at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria, this bodega fully integrates into the landscape – a wonderful example of how architecture can blend with its surroundings.
Bodegas Juan Alcorta – Ignacio Quemada
Located in the heart of La Rioja, this bodega can boast from having a process in which the grapes are only moved with gravity, with no use of pressure or pumping of any kind, which could harm the final result of the wine.
Bodegas Baigorri – Inaki Aspiazu
The gravity-fed production process is housed below ground to respect the surrounding environment. The result? A beautiful balance of architecture and nature.
Compañía Víncula del Norte de España (CVNE) – Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel
Twenty years after CVNE was founded, the architecture practice of the legendary Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel designed this new cellar for the winery. The innovative construction of this cellar presented a new form of structural support – instead of using conventional columns to support the ceiling, metallic trusses extend from wall to wall. The resulting open space improved significantly the management of barrels in the cellar, allowing for easier racking, maintenance and supervision of the wines in the barrels.
Bodegas Darien - Jesus Marino Pascual
One look and you'll know where the inspiration for the design came from the vineyards themselves. This design combines the integration with the delicate landscape, practical functionality, sustainable energy resources and the latest winemaking technology.
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