Spain: Wine & Design

Ysios Winery

On Friday we shared a bit on cool and creative designs coming out of Spain.  These designs focused mainly on food, the kitchen and the preparation of Spanish foods.  Since I am still feeling inspired, today I would like to share a few other things that I love besides food and design.  So how about Spanish wine and design to get your week started? In the last few years many of the wineries in the Rioja region of Spain have teamed up with some pretty talented architects.  These architects have designed some avant-garde structures to not only add newness to some of Spain’s oldest wineries but also to complement some of Spain’s best wines. Although Zeis and I have yet to make our way to the Rioja area, there are quite a few wineries we have definitely added to our to go list.  Here are just a few we want to share with you. Marques de Riscal winery and luxury hotel   In El Ciego, Alava, the Marques de Riscal winery has created what is called the “City of Wine”.  In this massive project they brought on the help of architect Frank Gehry.  It has been called City of Wine for exactly the reasons you might think.  The original structures which date back to about 1860 still exist and the city also houses a restaurant, museum, wine therapy spa, business center and luxury hotel, which is where you will see the work of Frank Gehry.  The luxury hotel definitely catches the eye with its undulating metal roof and panels.  The colors are pink and copper as well as silver, all of which represent the wine and wine bottles.  Every detail has been considered from how the building will react to the wind and how to protect the space from too much sunlight.  This has been touted as one of Spain’s most ambitious winery projects making it all the more reason to visit.

Ysios Winery

Ysios Winery

Ysios Winery Closeup photo by Chancha S. Ulloa

Ysios Winery Closeup photo by Chancha S. Ulloa

The Ysios Winery which is about 10km away has been designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava.  The name of the winery comes from combining the names of two Greek gods who had an affinity for wine–Isis and Osiris.  Space seems plentiful by the looks of rolling structure.  The center of the building houses the welcome area and is the highest peak.  Just behind the structure, The Sierra de Cantabria mountains make quite an impressive background for this organic building made of cedar and aluminum.  As with Gehry, Calatrava used materials that complemented the landscape as well as the wine.  Calatrava also designed the building keeping in mind the wine making process.  The building is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is also quite functional.

Julian Chivite Winery

Julian Chivite Winery

Another winery that has paired up with a Spanish architect is the Julian Chivite Winery.  It is located in Estella, Navarra.  The architect used on this project was Rafael Moneo who also designed the newest wing at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.  This winery dates back to 1647.  Although the new structure is more simplistic and modern it still follows the same vision as the original winery and the wine itself.  The new building marries modern technology with the beauty of artisan work.  Eco-friendly materials have been used to execute the latest addition. With all of these incredible wineries, we are ready to plan our tour to indulge in wine and design.

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