Bold Bodegas: Top Architects Change the Face of Spanish Wine

octubre 10, 2008

Bodegas Irius by Jesús Marino Pascual

Bodegas Darien by Jesús Marino Pascual

Bodegas Protos by Richard Rogers

Exports of Spanish wine doubled in the ten years between 1997 to 2007, from 7.2 million hectoliters to 14 million. According to a report published this year by the French research firm CRÉDOC, Spain will overtake France as the world’s largest wine producer in 2015.

“With all of these successes, bodegas want to make a grand gesture,” says Amaya Cebrián, marketing director for Bodegas Lan in Rioja. Eight major architectural projects are under way and 16 others have been completed since 2000. Combined estimates from the major regional winemaking authorities, the Denominacións de Origen, put the building tab from the last decade at over €200 million for fewer than two dozen buildings, and more projects are in the works. Last summer, British architect Norman Foster unveiled a design for Bodegas Portia in Ribera del Duero. The project is budgeted at €25 million.

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Fuente: The Wall Street Journal

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