The Bodegas Beronia winery is located in La Rioja, undeniably Spain’s most famous wine region. Their new building has a unique architectural design based on energy efficiency standards and respect for the environment. It was conceived to meet high-quality wine production with the latest technology, as well as the growing demand for wine tourism.
La Rioja, Spain
ca. 8,000 m2
RubberGard EPDM 1.5 mm
Following the sustainable values of Bodegas Beronia, one of the key requirements for this project was to exert minimal impact on the landscape and the environment. Spanish architecture group IDOM designed a building that takes advantage of the unevenness of the plot and is structured around two large blocks. The social and wine tourism area is located above ground level while the productive part, the winery itself, is below ground level, half-buried under a vegetal cover that allows it to integrate perfectly into the surrounding vineyards.
The building’s design considered sustainable aspects such as the generation of heat through a biomass boiler, the reutilization of rainwater for watering the vineyards, gravity-feed grape reception, reinforced thermal insulation, passive solar protection, natural illumination of interior areas combined with LED lighting regulated by photoelectric sensors, etc.
A limited range of materials was used for the construction of the building. Materials that can be found in the wine production process, such as concrete, steel, wood and glass were used for the finishing touches.
Firestone Building Products’ RubberGard EPDM roofing membrane was selected especially because of its low carbon footprint and extraordinary life expectancy to achieve the project’s high environmental demands and provide a durable and reliable basis for the green roof system. Drainage elements were incorporated into the roof build-up to distribute and store water that could be used for irrigation of the nearby vineyards.
In La Rioja, warm days and soft Mediterranean breezes are followed by dramatically cooler nights. This allows grapes to ripen slowly and evenly over time, giving them complexity and structure. RubberGard EPDM offers an outstanding resistance to ozone, UV radiation and extreme variations in temperature, allowing it to stand the test of time and age like a beautiful Rioja wine.
One of the most sustainable wineries in Europe, the new Bodegas Beronia building received the international LEED certification, the Wineries for Climate Protection (WfCP) certification, as well as other local certifications in the wine sector.
The project was also a finalist at the International Design Award (IDA) and the World Architecture Festival Awards in the category “Production energy and recycling - Completed Buildings”.