This degree thesis is about designing a winery on the island of Chios, and specifically in the northwestern part of it. A critical factor that led us to the selection of this project and subsequently this particular location was the glorious history of the island on the wine making and also historical and mythical references that can be found even in Homer’s works.
The site is located in the mountainous part of the island, in the municipality of Amani, near to the small village of Kourounia. The exact location of the winery is beyond the village, but in a spot from where it is visible. Round about there are vineyards, which are exploited by villagers for domestic purposes.
We aim to design a contemporary winery, which will give us high quality wine, appropriate for exportation. We intended that the winery would be unified with the landscape, and at the same time it would benefit from the advantages of the site, such as its orientation, the view, the inclination and the propitious climate of the area.
In conclusion, the interrelation of architecture and wine making, has no other purpose but to create the best conditions for the winemaking process, such as the functionality of materials and space, thermal conditions and the incorporation to the landscape.