Architecture Meets Viniculture: The Iconic Structures of Spain's Rioja and Ribera del Duero Wine Regions

By Kimberly Habegger.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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The natural beauty, wine and cuisine, and cultural offerings of the autonomous regions of Rioja and Castilla y León have been appreciated by religious pilgrims, oenophiles, and Spanish visitors for centuries. 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 Castilla y León) have evolved into major wine producers on the world market. Perhaps the most visually engaging type of investment is seen through the integration of a number of iconic structures designed by the world’s leading architects. The juxtaposition of the strong lines of the new structures with the pastoral environment and surrounding medieval towns enhances the visual impact of the area. In recent decades, architects including Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid, Frank O. Gehry, Richard Rogers, Philippe Mazière, Norman Foster, Iñaki Aspiazu, and Jesús Manzanares have contributed to redesigning the visual landscape of wine-producing zones. This paper will address aspects of the different structures, the manner in which they incorporate or contrast with the environment, and the reaction that their presence has provoked among residents and visitors alike.

Keywords: Spain, Architecture, Viniculture

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.49-63. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.996MB).

Dr. Kimberly Habegger

Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, USA

I have a formal education in Spanish literature (Ph.D.) and an Associate's degree in interior design. In my research of the last 13 years, I have attempted to merge these two fields investigating the traditional arts of the US Southwest, exploring the theme of architecture in literature, and studying the folk art and culture of Latin America and Spain.