Bodegas Beronia is quintessentially Rioja. Its wines are defined by the region and the soils in which the vines are grown, and its name linked to the history of the land where the winery is found. In the 3rd Century BC the area known as Rioja today was inhabited by a celtic tribe called the ‘Berones’. They inhabited the towns of Tricio, Varea and Leiva, marking the limits of the Berones region, today La Rioja. The founding ethos of Beronia is strongly allied to the origins of La Rioja.
The DOCa. Rioja will soon be home to one of the most advanced wineries in the world – the new Beronia bodega, whose architecture and engineering will be 100% sustainable, where energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design have been integrated into the building from the outset to minimise impact on the surrounding landscape and vineyards.
This avant-garde winery is the first in Europe to achieve the LEED pre-certification (Leader in Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design), which is an internationally recognized sustainable accreditation granted by the US Green Building Council, recognising and rewarding those buildings whose design and construction have sustainability and low environmental impact at their heart.
The new winery has been designed to house Beronia wines destined for extended ageing, such as its Reserva, Gran Reserva and top quality wines. The Beronia winery has been built to appear as a part of the landscape, sustainability is one of the prime factors that have dictated the design specifications, with most of the building remaining underground and utilising the existing lay of the land to incorporate it into the higher and lower levels of the estate. The result being much less impact on the be the reduction of landscape impact on the environment and considerable energy savings thanks to the clever use of gravity and thermal inertia.
Additionally, the winery will use a geo-thermal structural activation system, which will
make the most of the earth’s natural temperature in order to heat the building and heat/cool
water according to demand at any point in the year, thus avoiding greater energy
consumption. This technology guarantees a resilient air conditioning system and provides the
best conditions working environment for our winery team whilst ensuring constant
temperature control for the making and maturation of our wines.
This project is testament to Beronia’s commitment to sustainability at every level of its
winemaking. The way in which the winery has been conceived demonstrates the holistic
approach to putting environmental awareness at the forefront of Beronia’s winemaking
philosophy. From the equipment to the winery’s location every aspect has been taking into
consideration when it comes to minimising our impact on our surroundings, with one simple
objective: to make unique wines that are a faithful expression of their terroir and place of