Client: Gran Cruz Porto, Sociedade Comercial de Vinhos, Lda
Architecture: A. Burmester Arquitectos Associados, Lda
The cellar and the storage & logistics center of Gran Cruz, are located in the Douro region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In this project, both aesthetic and spatial choices were guided by the functional aspects of the economic and procedural functions. It is an industrial unit dedicated to winemaking and Porto and Douro wine storing. The major scale of the building is due to the fact of having to receive the grapes produced by more than a thousand region winemakers.
With the use of a natural unevenness of the land, different levels were created to allow the use of gravity in the various winemaking processes, without disproportionately increase the volumetry. The project includes two cellars, the first one will vinify about 6,000 tons of grape from approximately 1.000 winegrowers from adjacent districts, and the second is focused on small volumes of Port and Douro wines of exceptional quality. Further comprising a Storage and Logistics Center to store 22 million liters of Port Wine and grape spirit Brandy.
This Center incorporates innovative systems at every stage of the production process, introducing huge environmental and quality increases.
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