The client´s requirements were as follows: that the winery
maintain the climactic conditions necessary for the natural wine making
process; that the process take place gradually, by stages; and that
the vehicular access around the winery took account of the different types of
movement, namely the transportation of grapes, the workers, visitors and
bottled wine. Therefore, the design became structured on the basis of
three volumes, well anchored in the terrain, organized in a way that made
explicit the distinct aspects of the wine making process.
The upper part of the building is the volume that
corresponds to the elaboration of the wine from the collection and selection of
the grapes until, ultimately, the wine is bottled. The lowest
volume serves those uses associated with the cultivation of the vines.
Between them, both overseeing the production of the wine as well as its
packaging and dispatching, the middle volume includes the workspaces where the
daily activities take place.
In relation to these three adjacent figures, three
courtyards appear: the harvest plaza at the highest level, 732m; just below,
the plaza that unites the offices with the laboratories and the wine tanks and
fermenters, at level 726; and finally the lower plaza at 720m which provides
access for the agricultural equipment and the trucks which transport the