Bodegas Protos winery by
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners



Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have completed the Bodegas Protos winery in Peñafiel, Spain.


The 19,450 square metre winery features facilities to ferment, age and bottle 3 million bottles of wine a year.


The Bodegas Protos winery is set to be fully operational in October, ready for the 2008 harvest.


The following is from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners:


Bodegas Protos

Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain 2003 – 2008

RSHP has been commissioned to design a new winery facility for Bodegas Protos, a long-established firm of wine-growers producing Ribera del Duero wine.


The new building, which presents a modern reinterpretation of traditional winery construction, is located at Peñafiel, a small village near Valladolid in Castille, northern Spain.


The winery sits at the base of a small hill surmounted by a medieval castle. Bodegas Protos already utilises the subterranean area beneath the castle with more than 2 kilometres of tunnels and galleries used for ageing wine.


The new winery will process 1 million kilos of grapes and will be operational for the 2008 harvest. Linked by tunnel to the existing winemaking facility, the new building will consist of an underground cellar with a constant temperature of 14-16°C for storage of barrels, as well as for bottles that are maturing and those that are ready to drink.


The production level is situated above, partly buried in the ground and accommodating the fermentation and storage vats as well as the bottling plant, packaging equipment, technical areas and vehicle access bays.


The production and cellar floors also accommodate administrative and social facilities–offices, wine-tasting areas, areas for social functions and a small auditorium for presentations and marketing events.


The scheme also includes a stepped sunken garden which frames views of the castle above whilst also bringing natural light down into the office space.


The main entrance level is for both staff and visitors and includes vehicle bays for delivery of grapes. From here, visitors can view the production floor below. Compositionally, the building sits on a triangular plinth which fills the site.


Five interlinked parabolic vaults supported by laminated timber arches, are clad with large terracotta tiles to create a light, articulated structure.


This modular form breaks down the overall mass and scale to create a structure that is sympathetic to the surrounding buildings and countryside.


Cool storage for the wine is created by effective use of the thermal ground mass. The south façade is protected by a nine metre roof overhang while the west façade is further shaded by a system of large, fixed brise soleils.


A mixed mode air system makes use of the continental climate where high daytime, and low nightitme temperatures, give the facilty free night time cooling.


Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain 2003 – 2008


Bodegas Protos

£15 million


Gross Internal Area
19,450 m2

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners


Structural Engineer

Services Engineer
BDSP/Grupo JG/Agroindus


Alonso Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados

Project Manager
CEM Management


Quantity Surveyor
Tècnics G3

Lighting Consultants
Biosca & Botey




Posted on Friday August 29th 2008 at 12:07 pm by Rob Ong. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • zuy

    Great , simple, efficient
    quand je vois tous ces batiments horribles en France c’est beaux dégâts

  • Lite

    Beautiful and well-done.
    Architecture, finally.
    Thanks for the plans and sections.

  • Great….

  • JuiceMajor²

    Did they used to work for Richard Roger or Renzo Piano? Beautifully executed!!

  • ingenious, simply and wonderfull!!!

  • Gillesr

    Compared to the waves of Baragas or Renzo Piano’s Paul Klee museum, this is just not that beautiful. the waves aren’t elegant at all. ponderous. repititional. not from this time.

  • Matty D

    Amen! Finally a substantial submission! Very Beautiful use wooden beams too! The plethora of submission materials is appreciated too.

  • Peter

    mmm…a bit boring isn’t it
    below the good projects that rogers have done before…

  • Sc hu yl er

    I like the stacking diagram but the actual exposed architecture seems way out of scale to me. Would make a great airport.

  • gaque

    i dont think its boring at all, its pretty refreshing actually…at least judging by these documents.

    definitely has that bold but elegant british style.

    nice one!

  • a beautiful building, generated by a simple parti – I find the systems and layers used to resolve the functions the most elegant. This is classic Rogers all the way!

  • zuy

    drink wine with moderation during design or architecture process
    Gehri drank spanish wine too( too much?)

  • opil

    charming piece…renzo and rogers thing going , yes, but feels like its that ‘different’ sibling in the family….if it was a sister to rogers/renzo pieces!!

  • rek

    It looks like a bus terminal, I’m afraid.

  • zuy

    red, do you prefer a bus terminal or a “destroy”house?