Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) winery in Penafiel, central Spain will open its doors to its first harvest this September. Located 50km west of Valladolid, in a sleepy agricultural town, RSHP’s winery was commissioned for a winemaking co-operative to provide a new, tourist-friendly base.
Penafiel is a small agricultural town 50km of Valladolid. Located on a plateau 800m above sea-level, in the summer temperatures range from 34C by day to 12C by night. The town centre is grouped around the base of a hill, on which a medieval castle sits.
The hill is pockmarked with stone chimneys, ventilation inlets for the 2km of tunnels that run through the hillside. This network has been used to store wine at a constant temperature for over five centuries. RSHP’s winery similarly takes advantage of the earth’s thermal mass, albeit using a more modern approach, by locating the storage warehousing 13m below ground level.