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Norman Foster's Space-Age Winery Touches Down in Countryside

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Leave it to Norman Foster—the venerable British architect who has transformed cityscapes all over the globe with shapely steel structures—to land a bunker-type winery in the bucolic Ribera del Duero region, some 100 miles north of Madrid, Spain. Bodegas Portias, the newest winery for producer Faustino Group, is an enormous facility that can churn out more than a million bottles annually. Each of the three "wings" in the building's trefoil design serves a different function—fermentation, aging in oak barrels, and finally aging in bottles; the latter two are partially underground because the temperature can be controlled. Have a look at additional photos of the concrete-and-steel structure after the jump.

· Faustino Winery Opens in Spain [Dexigner]