Lord Foster Unveils Design for Spanish Winery

25 May 2007 (Last Updated May 25th, 2007 08:51)

Following Frank O Gehry's Marqués de Riscal, Lord Norman Foster has become the latest architect to design a winery in Spain. The £17m Bodegas Portia winery in the small town of Gumiel de Izan in the Ribera del Duero region is shaped like a three-pointed star. It will open next spring.

Following Frank O Gehry's Marqués de Riscal, Lord Norman Foster has become the latest architect to design a winery in Spain. The £17m Bodegas Portia winery in the small town of Gumiel de Izan in the Ribera del Duero region is shaped like a three-pointed star. It will open next spring.

Gehry is the godfather of a new trend that has seen star architecture popping up across rural Spain, when he opened his shimmering Marqués de Riscal winery in the Rioja region last September. The nearby Bodegas Ysios boasts a cedar-clad installation with a wavy roof by Santiago Calatrava.

"It gives us a touch of modernity and innovation that we want to give to our products," said José Luis Fernandez, director of Grupo Faustino, which owns the Foster-designed winery to the Guardian.

The glass and oak, structure, fermentation vats will be on open to view by passerbys. It will have a restaurant, wine-tasting room and terrace. The winery also wants Lord Foster to design a hotel next door.

"While both architecture and wine making are about innovation this project is also about tradition, about working with nature, about gravity," said Lord Foster.