1st Sustainable LEED-Certified Winery Outside of NA

Bodega Garzón Winery sets new benchmarks for design elegance, modern technology, and sustainable practices. The 205,000-square-foot, Maldonado, Uruguay, winery is the first sustainable, LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) winery outside North America, following the strict requirements set by the United States Green Building Council, for its entire facility. Showcasing estate-grown, limited-production premium wines crafted by influential winemaker and viticulturist Alberto Antonini, Bodega Garzón offers visitors an experience that highlights the very best in South American hospitality.

The winery design was conceived by acclaimed Argentina-based architects Bórmida & Yanzón, whose work includes O. Fournier, Salentein, Bodega Vistalba, and The Vines Resort & Spa. All sustainable design within the architects’ program was developed by Samconsult and its LEED-accredited professionals. The interiors were designed by California-based Backen Gillam & Kroeger Architects, whose other projects include The Napa Valley Reserve, Harlan Estate, Ovid, Dana Estates, and Bond Estate Winery, and Aspen, CO-based Eigelberger Architecture + Design.

The extraordinary property encompasses 500 acres of vineyards, a state-of-the-art winery, and production facility, tasting room from which guests can savor panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, retail space, wine club, an open-fire restaurant, and immaculate caves for barrel storage, tours, private dining, and events.

Banker Wire’s L-62 wire mesh in woven bronze utilizes the contemporary look of high-definition Lock Crimp with traditional square mesh design — a highly scalable pattern that readily interfaces with all types of structures, economical, and classic. The L-62 was selected as a cohesive design element for the exclusive wine club area of the property with wire mesh integrated into the doors, transoms, partitions, and wine lockers. Installations throughout the wine club interior varied; some applications of the wire mesh kept the material raw and exposed, while others sandwiched the wire mesh between glass partitions for a more polished look.

“We chose to work with Banker Wire for this project because of the large range of patterns and finishes available. Because of the wide variety of options, we were able to find the perfect pattern and finish to compliment the design of the winery.” — Cristof Eigelberger, AIA Principal Architect, Eigelberger Architecture + Design.

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