viernes, 20 de junio de 2008

Wine + Architecture (1)

1- Bodega López de Heredia.
There are easily twenty wineries in or around Haro that are worth a visit. Bodega López de Heredia stands out for the beauty of its buildings, for its history and -goes without saying- for its wine. Founded in the last decades of the 19th century, it is still in the hands of the same family, the descendants of tycoon Mr. López de Heredia, a self-made man who started the construction of his empire in 1877. He was involved in the design of the winery from the very beginning, and he contributed with his own ideas to the construction of a truly remarkable building that was meant to be alive and open to the new trends in architecture.
In the beginning of the 21st century, María José López de Heredia was browsing through his great-grandfather's old papers when she decided that the winery needed a decent shop. So she sent an e-mail to Zaha Hadid and ask her if she would do it.
You know the rest. Architect Zaha Hadid, designed the decanter-like structure for the winery and won Priztker Prize straight away. It was her first work in Spain.
This visit is one of the ten musts when you are in Rioja.
Booking in advance is required.

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