The 'US Green Building Council' has awarded the new Beronia Rioja winery the LEED V4 BD+C: NC (Building Design & Construction, New Construction) certification, making it the first winery in the world to obtain the most globally recognised sustainable construction certification. In addition, Bodegas Beronia received the LEED gold.
LEED is the 'Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design' green building certification programme and is used worldwide. Its purpose is to recognise and differentiate those buildings that are constructed in a sustainable manner with a low environmental impact.
The design of this unique winery is completely integrated into the Rioja landscape thanks to its green roof gardens which consist of native plants requiring little maintenance and water to thrive. The revolutionary system dedicated to geothermal energy to achieve lower energy consumption together with technological innovations such as the 'Cleanwood' system for barrels makes it one of the most sustainable and efficient wineries in the world.
The oenological direction has been guided by Matías Calleja, winemaker and manager, and it is through collaboration with civil and industrial engineers, architects, ecologists, hydrogeologists, and experts in interior and physical environmental quality that this project was possible.
Ultimately Bodegas Beronia Rioja is the result of a holistic approach in the design and build of a winery. Each and every component used in the winemaking process has been considered, from machinery, to fermentation tanks and barrels, as well as the building itself and the materials it is made of. Ultimately the goal was to produce unique wines the capture the essence of their environment, in the most sustainable way possible.
The winery has also been recognised in numerous international architectural awards. The 'World Design Awards' granted Beronia the winner in the 'Industrial Architecture' category for its pioneering and sustainable design. 'Architecture Masterprize' recognised Beronia in its 'Agricultural Building' category, and the winery was selected as a finalist in the 'Mixed Use- Complete Buildings category' at the 'World Architecture Festival 2021'.