Designer Bodegas

Northern Spain is one of our favourite short-haul escape destinations: a wonderful combination of mountains (with some great skiing on quiet slopes), excellent food and, perhaps the clincher, incredible wines. Rioja and Ribera del Duero are two of the most well-known wine-growing regions in Spain, and many of their vineyards in recent years have seen starchitects including Calatrava and Hadid creating futuristic designs to house the bodegas as well as cutting-edge tasting rooms. The most famous, and seen as a trailblazer for the trend, was Frank Gehry’s work for the Marques de Riscal bodega in Rioja, with Gehry’s signature shards of metal future-shocking the sleepy village of Elciego. Two of the latest must-see builds to add to your architour of the Ribera del Duero region are Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ work for Bodegas Protos (above), and Grupo Faustino’s new build by Norman Foster (below).

Read our travel report on the Rioja region here.


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