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Bodegas Protos’ Arches

It seems wineries love simple architectural features and a large scale. Spain’s Bodegas Protos really take this thinking to heart. Their deceptively simply looking winery structures are five huge arches that look sort of like the barbecue pavilions at state parks – on steroids.

These things are huge, but they have to be to house the state of the art winemaking facilities that fit under these multiple roofs. And it’s those roofs that both make this striking as well as functional. It’s hot in Spain and wines hate to be hot, so by creating a huge expanse of roofing, the winery is able to take advantage of the thermal mass of the massive triangular plinth the structure sits on without looking like a Soviet factory. It’s a win-win.

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  • Snooth User: curioussky
    810679 20

    Interesting article was surprised that the Frank Gehry designed hotel at Marques de Riscal was not included. http://www.arcspace.com/architects/... Like it or hate it's pretty cool.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM


  • Snooth User: kevgraeme
    212485 1

    Or Dominus by Herzog & de Meuron?

    http://www.dominusestate.com/

    Jun 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM


  • Snooth User: brightonb
    198619 1

    curioussky said....
    "Interesting article was surprised that the Frank Gehry designed hotel at Marques de Riscal was not included"

    Probably because it's...NOT A WINERY !!!!

    Jun 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM


  • Snooth User: Jazzgal
    616050 13

    How about some addresses/locations?

    Jun 28, 2011 at 5:17 PM


  • Snooth User: Squash87
    525869 12

    Actually,brightcomb, Marques de Riscal IS a winery. It happens to be one of the oldest in the Rioja region of Spain. Check out the link provided by curiousky. A point can be made for its inclusion on the list.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 5:50 PM


  • Interesting choices, although I personally feel that Darouish reminds me of "Disney meets Fry's Electronics". All this foofery while charging you $65 for a bottle of average wine. At least you can't say it's boring.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM


  • Snooth User: VegasOenophile
    Hand of Snooth
    202759 12,199

    Of a list for "top... of the world" it was a little CA heavy, but that said, some owned by foreigners haha.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 8:38 PM


  • Snooth User: scott93004
    854190 63

    Castello di Amorosa is deserving of consideration as well.

    Jun 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM


  • Pretty sure Greg included Dominus in a previous edition...best winery building in California for sure. And yes, the Clos Pegase building is a postmodern atrocity.

    Jul 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM


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