Landscaping Project in the Ribeira Sacra

The Ribeira Sacra is not just a physical landscape; it is a cultural mosaic and an expression of human interaction with nature

Date

January 2024

Type

News

A project that not only represents a new professional challenge for all of us at DSTUDIO, but also a unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue between contemporary design and a landscape that has been shaped over centuries.

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The Ribeira Sacra is not just a physical landscape; it is a cultural mosaic and an expression of human interaction with nature. Viticulture here is not just an agricultural practice, but a tradition that has shaped both the landscape and the identity of the region. This is the setting in which we embark on our new landscaping project, a place where each terrace tells a story, and each bottle of wine is a tribute to the land and those who work it.

The Ribeira Sacra, with canyons flanking the Sil and Miño rivers, offers a landscape of lush vegetation and steep slopes. This terrain has been shaped over the centuries by human hands, especially through the cultivation of vineyards on terraces. These terraces are not just agricultural features, but true works of art that carve the landscape and reflect the symbiotic relationship between man and his environment.

The history of the Ribeira Sacra is deeply intertwined with its vineyards. From Roman times, who valued these wines for their fruity and robust character, to the present, the region has maintained a living wine tradition. Medieval monasteries played a crucial role in preserving and improving viticulture techniques, contributing to the cultural and spiritual richness of the area.

Viticulture in the Ribeira Sacra is a testament to human tenacity and creativity. Wine production in this region is not a simple task; the steep terraces require intense manual labor, as mechanization is often impossible due to the slope of the land. This form of "heroic viticulture" involves not only planting and caring for the vines, but also manually harvesting the grapes, often under arduous working conditions.

The wine of the Ribeira Sacra is known for its quality, with the Mencía grape as the protagonist among the red varieties. This wine, which reflects the unique character of the terroir, is the result of a particular climate that combines Atlantic and Mediterranean influences, and a characteristic soil that varies between slate, schist, and granite. These factors, combined with the work of the winemakers, produce wines with a marked identity and a deep connection to the land.

This project will essentially be a tribute to the Ribeira Sacra and its culture. Through our work, we aspire to tell the story of this place, honoring its past and celebrating its present.

 

In approaching our project, DSTUDIO draws inspiration from these historical and cultural elements to create a garden that not only respects but also celebrates the legacy of the Ribeira Sacra. Our design will aim to capture the essence of the landscape, highlighting the beauty of the terraces and the richness of the local vegetation. At the same time, it will be crucial to maintain a sustainable and environmentally respectful approach, acknowledging the importance of this place in both historical and ecological terms.

The challenge will be to integrate elements of contemporary design without disturbing the essence of the existing landscape. Every aspect of the garden, from the plantings to the pathways through the different terraces and the resting areas, will be designed to complement and enhance the natural and cultural environment. The success of our proposal will lie in creating a design that is not an imposition on the landscape, but an organic extension of it, inviting the user to a unique experience.

Our project will also serve as a reflection on the relationship between man and nature. In the Ribeira Sacra, this relationship has been maintained through a delicate balance between the need to cultivate and preserve. At DSTUDIO, we seek to replicate this balance, creating spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also function in symbiosis with their environment. Our goal is for the garden to become a space where nature and human creativity meet and converse, creating an atmosphere that is both a refuge and a source of inspiration.