Bodegas Portia of Spain's Ribera del Duero region is a modern, technical and sustainably savvy winery with a spectacular facility designed by internationally famed architect Norman Foster, head of the London-based design team, Foster + Partners.
Portia is the outcome of a venture that began in the 1990s, when the Martinez family (owners of Bodegas Faustino, a leading producer of wines from the Rioja), purchased nearly 400 acres in Ribera del Duero.
The name Portia has dual meaning, referring to the seventh satellite of the planet Uranus (representing the pioneer, inventor, creator and artist according to astrology), and the Latin word for a token offering made in ancient times as a symbol of gratitude toward the elements in return for a healthy and abundant harvest.
Portia’s spectacular $25.6-million winemaking facility rises out of the landscape in the shape of a three-pointed star. It represents the first-ever winery designed by internationally famed architect Norman Foster.
Portia is produced from 100% estate-owned fruit in the Roa, Gumiel de Izán, Villanueva, and Gumiel de Mercado regions of Ribera del Duero, all high quality Tempranillo production sites. Vineyards in this high-altitude region of northern Spain reaches almost 3,000 ft asl. The continental climate experiences hot temperatures during the dry summer and freezing, bitter winters. This expreme variation allows the grapes to develop intense aromatics.
Since 1861, when Eleuterio Martínez Arzok purchased the first plots of land in Oyón, Álava (Rioja), Grupo Faustino has continued to grow and explore the most exciting wine regions in Spain.