Nestling in the shadow of the Castle, in the town of Penafiel, lies the headquarters of winemaker Bodegas Protos. Part of the existing winery occupies tunnels under the castle, but a new tunnel links the old to the striking new facility by RSH. Like an iceberg, most of the new building seems to be, and in fact is, underground. This volume - the lower of the two floors - occupies all of the triangular site. The west end is curved to follow the line of the boundary road. It is used for offices - illuminated naturally by an ovoid lightwell - along with fermentation and storage vats. The first floor accommodation, entered at grade, comprises five graceful parabolic arches, each topped with a terracotta clad curved roof. These roofs float above the arches and each is a different length from its adjacent neighbour to accommodate the tapering site. Four of the roofs are walled with glass - with overhangs offering shade - whilst the space beneath the fifth roof is left open.
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How to get there?
Penafiel is on the N-122, approximately 45 km east of Valladolid. The new winery is on the eastern side of town at the end of Calle de Rondas. Penafiel is on the Coria-Salamanca-Soria-Zaragoza-Barcelona train line. There are buses from Madrid, Valladolid and Aranda.