Bodegas BAIGORRI is an emblematic building and a world reference in guiding its architecture at the service of the gravity winemaking process.
The Bodegas BAIGORRI project is undertaken with standards aimed at achieving the quality of its wines, returning to traditional systems, recovering GRAVITY as the main ally.
The winery was designed and built by the architect Iñaki Aspiazu, and inaugurated in 2002.
Creation aimed at the peculiar way of making our wines and a benchmark for modern architecture that blends into the landscape while respecting the environment where it is located.
A project where gravity and technology have come together to work in harmony and developed to obtain, with the transformation of the grape, great wines from La Rioja Alavesa, “wines with character and personality.”
GRAVITY ! that's the key word in Bodegas BAIGORRI.
The entire wine-making process is carried out by gravity, vertically, to preserve the integrity of the grapes, which arrive whole for fermentation. All movement of grape or wine is done by gravity, avoiding any kind of overturn.
There is no reception vault and no pumps are used for the transfer of grapes or for the return of deposits that can damage it, from the selection tables to bottling throughout the different underground plants of the Bodega, optimizing all phases of the process.
The materials used in the construction work are basically three: exposed concrete, glass and steel. The formal forcefulness has been achieved thanks to the large concrete surfaces forming a room where both steel and wood tanks may be found, which are used in an orderly manner for maceration.
An army of columns along the great warehouse join the floor and ceiling and they give the enclosure, saturated by pleasant aromas from the barrels of the aging cellar, an atmosphere of solemnity and seclusion.
Iñaki Aspiazu, the architect of Bodegas BAIGORRI, left a great professional mark with the creation of this world oenological benchmark, one of his most emblematic projects within the Basque Country, in which nature, technology and architecture come together to work in harmony in a building oriented to the service of the winemaking process by gravity.
The grapes for the wines are grown according to sustainable agriculture methods, in harmony with Nature, using both traditional and modern methods.
They come from old vines, deeply rooted in our land and in our culture, and the gift to is their unique quality.
They are picked by hand and processed in the most delicate way possible, in order to transform the authentic flavour of Nature itself into wine. The high quality of the wines comes ultimately from the vineyard itself and is nothing but the faithful reflection of the soil, climate and tradition of Rioja Alavesa.