Title

Architecture meets viniculture: The iconic structures of Spain's Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Abstract

The natural beauty, the wine and cuisine, and the cultural offerings of the autonomous regions of Rioja and Castilla y León have been appreciated by religious pilgrims, oenophiles and Spanish visitors for years. The growth of the economic and cultural importance of the Spanish wine industry has resulted in substantial investment in the area as both Rioja and Ribera del Duero (situated in contemporary Castilla y León) have evolved into major wine producers on the world market. Arguably the most visually engaging type of investment is seen through the integration of a number of wineries designed by the world's leading architects. The juxtaposition of the bold lines of the new structures with the pastoral environment and the surrounding medieval towns enhances the visual impact of the area. This essay will examine six of these iconic works in order to consider their architectural characteristics and their role in the promotion of enoturismo in addition to how they reflect and constitute the cultural environment in Spain today. © Common Ground, Kimberly Habegger, All Rights Reserved.

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