The only thing better than a lazy summer day is spending said day sipping wine on a vineyard. The rustic setting, warm sun, and delicious wine combine to make a relaxing, intimate, and tranquil setting. Architects take care in crafting these traditional spaces into lovely escapes that, nestled into rolling hills and grapevines, embrace the surrounding landscape and cultivate majestic experiences for visitors. AÉS Wine Terrace and Spa by Gereben Marián Architects is no exception.
As guests to the estate, visitors are treated to a vineyard with a special treat: a wine produced from a centuries-old grape variety. AÉS Wine Terrace and Spa, sits on the location of a previously neglected vineyard in the Eger wine region of Hungary, and is home to a remarkable grape variety called the “archiepiscopal” wine grape. This fruit has been replanted by the wine maker and re-presented to the public. The resulting wine is said to be unmatched in its taste and quality. The visitor experience to the winery is equally unrivaled.
Greben Marián Architects, with their limited budget, created the vineyard’s bungalows and wine terrace out of local and recycled materials that are characteristic and evocative of traditional building techniques and local traditions.
Tuff stone, the byproduct of wine cellars carved out of stone, make up the walls of the small buildings situated between the rows of the vineyard. Those buildings include a wine terrace, bungalows for guests to sleep, a lookout point for admiring the views, and a pool for relaxing on warm days. Other elements like door slabs, century-old brick and cement tiles, and floor surfaces are recycled materials that not only fit into the minimal budget but also reflect the aesthetics of the area.
Also, catering to the need for patrons to relax (and maybe take a breather after one too many sips of wine), the site has a medieval hut-inspired building with a pitched tin roof and monolithic earth walls that provides respite from the sun, tucked away amongst the grapevines. In that sense, AÉS Wine Terrace and Spa is equal parts of both winery and spa — the spa isn’t an afterthought; it’s built right into the experience of the winery. Of course, the architects didn’t have to do much of anything to make the surrounding landscape a gorgeous, tranquil site to behold.
The vineyard is a subtle reminder to locals and travelers alike to not only take a relaxing break from the mundane tasks of everyday, but to also witness the multitude of flora and fauna that’s just waiting for us to visit, glass of wine in hand.