Faustino Winery / Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

The Ribera del Duero region, one of ’s foremost wine producing areas, is home to a new winery for the Faustino Group.  The Faustino Winery is Foster + Partners first winery and was an opportunity to look afresh at the building type, using the natural topography of the site to aid the wine-making process and create the optimum working conditions.  The trefoil plan reflects the principal process stages, with the operational support and visitors facilities strategically located in the center of the building.  The public areas are on a mezzanine level along with a restaurant with views of the surrounding landscape.  Two volumes house the ageing processes and are strategically buried into the natural slope of the site taking advantage of the thermal cooling benefits of the earth.

“Bodegas Portia is our first winery, so we had no preconceptions about how it should work. It was an opportunity to start from first principles – to examine the different stages of wine production and to try to create the ideal conditions for them to unfold. The wine was the starting point, as well as the beautiful setting in Ribera del Duero. Using materials that draw on the region’s wine-making traditions, with public spaces open to the landscape, will enhance the visitor experience,” stated .

More photographs and drawings after the break.

Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: Gumiel de Izan, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Design Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, Pedro Haberbosch, Nadine Pieper Bosch, Ana Agag Longo, Juan Gabriel La Malfa, Luca Latini, Chris Lepine, Emanuele Mattutini, Josep Mercader, Jaime Valle
Structural Engineer: Arup
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Arup
Quantity Surveyor: DLE
Lighting Consultant: Claude Engle
Project Manager: Prointec
Local Architect: Prointec
Main Contractor: FCC
Client: Bodegas Faustino SL
Project Area: 12,500 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners