A journey along the balance to be found between enology, nature and architecture that indicates the cultural and historic importance of wine in Castilian-Manchego lands
Diego Peris Sánchez, architect and director of the UCLM Infrastructure Management Bureau, will be presenting his book "Arquitectura y Cultura del Vino en Castilla-La Mancha" (Editorial Munilla - Lería) at FENAVIN 2007, which is to be held from May 7th to the 10th at the Ciudad Real Trade Fair Pavilion. The book describes a reality of capital importance that has configured the region's architecture and landscape.
At FENAVIN 2007 the author will lead us through this industrial architecture, which is of utmost heritage value. In his presentation, apart from its description, the author's intention is to make us think about the need there is to take good care of the 'winery' space, inside and out, as a value of image and brand. We will also learn how to appreciate these constructions that, along with the vineyard, define the landscape, historic and human reality of Castilla-La Mancha.
The book starts with an analysis on the social, economic and cultural importance of the Castilian-Manchego viniculture reality and on the architecture it has generated. The vine, the territory and time, the vineyards of La Mancha and the denominations of origin are the first three chapters of this first part that structure information covering the relevance of wine in this region.
As of this introduction the book takes us on a journey through Castilla-La Mancha, following the route of the denominations of origin: Almansa, Jumilla, La Mancha (in its areas corresponding to the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo), Manchuela, Méntrida, Mondéjar, Ribera del Júcar, Uclés and Valdepeñas. 'Pago' wines (certain estate bottled wines) are presented in the book's final section, following the denominations of the specific winery estates that exist in Castilla-La Mancha (Guijoso, Finca Élez, Dehesa del Carrizal and Dominio de Valdepusa).
The journey individually covers each municipality, describing the wineries and their architecture in each one of them, along with the structures that have been constructed and their organization in the urban environment. Each one of the wineries is placed in the context of the cities in which they are found, analyzing their reality and historic evolution. In most, photographs of the wineries accompany the description and in some singular cases a map of the same is included, given that these are historical buildings or wineries with significant current-day vanguard architecture.
Thus almost two-hundred wineries are covered, of very different characteristics: the ancient historical wineries, constructions dating from the end of the 19th century, the boom experienced by the cooperatives in the mid 20th century and modern current-day constructions, whether the same correspond to industrial architectures or to 'Pago' wineries related with the estates on which they are found. The remarkable situation of those wineries that are inserted in the city find an exceptional example in Valedepeñas, in which the city map is studied with the inclusion of the wineries in the same. The two final chapters briefly cover other extraordinary constructions -such as the Wine Museum of Valdepeñas- with the book finishing off with an analysis of the theme on wine design.