Nestled in the historic wine village of Kurdějov, Gurdau Winery stands as a testament to architectural ingenuity, environmental respect, and an unabashed love for winemaking. Established in 2012, Gurdau boldly reclaims the area’s rich viticultural heritage through a combination of cutting-edge design and traditional winemaking practices.
The winery, situated in the heart of its vineyards, fuses seamlessly into the landscape, appearing as a natural undulation, a wave set among hills. Its organic architecture, meticulously crafted from materials like reinforced concrete, glass, metal, and wood, houses production, storage, and archival spaces underground while tastings, sales, and accommodations occupy the ground level.
Large glazed expanses and generous terraces offer dynamic, immersive interactions with the changing seasons and the surrounding landscape. This blend of innovative design, sustainability, and homage to traditional wine culture positions Gurdau Winery as a valuable addition to the burgeoning Czech wine industry and wine tourism.
Gurdau Winery Technical Information
- Architects1-6: Aleš Fiala + Tomáš Bílek, Bronislav Bureš [civil engineers]
- Location: Kurdějov 300, 693 01 Kurdějov, Czech Republic
- Topics: Wineries, Landscape Architecture, Organic Architecture
- Gross Area: 1141 m2
- Project Year: 2016 – 2022
- Photographs: © BoysPlayNice
We believe that the Gurdau Winery concept will make a significant contribution to the rapidly growing and increasing wine and wine-tourist culture in the Czech Republic, and will support the growth of a new charming tradition of cultivated encounters and connections between man, wine, and landscape.– Aleš Fiala
Gurdau Winery Photographs
Text by the Architects
Gurdau Winery was founded in 2012 on a “green field”, with the planting of the first vines on the slopes above the village of Kurdějov. The village was historically one of the most important wine suppliers to the townspeople of Mikulov and Brno, as well as to the aristocratic courts in Moravia. By adopting the historical name of the village, the young Gurdau Winery is claiming the great wine-growing heritage of the area.
A Ripple in the Landscape
The initial ideas for the wine house considered the most operationally efficient location, literally in the centre of the vineyards. This is both purposeful and poetic, as it steps back from the village and offers soothing and enchanting views. To do so, the building’s location in the open countryside naturally brought with it high demands for architectural and landscape integration. The landscape context is addressed in the form of a gentle curve – a wave in the landscape, a hill between hills.
Great care has been taken to incorporate the building into the terrain and its connection to the cultural and natural greenery. The roof of the curve is designed as an extensive green, and the surrounding area of the building has been planted with 150 shrubs and mature trees, often growing through the “perforated” roof. The overall impact and benefit of the new greenery on both the landscape and the building will only become apparent as the years go by.
The building itself is built in reinforced concrete, two storeys high. The underground part is used for producing, storing, and archiving wine. The ground floor is used for tasting, seating, and sales. Two apartments are available for occasional overnight stays.
The building’s in-ground setting is traditional for the winery, and its concept is utterly contemporary and timeless. The atmosphere of the setting is based on an experience of beauty, refinement, and absolute comfort. The use of materials such as exposed concrete, glass, metal, oak and acacia wood is clean and direct and supports the organic form of the building. At the same time, the utmost attention is paid to precision craftsmanship and detail.
The direct contact with the landscape, enabled by large expanses of glazing, generous terraces, and a pitched roof, brings a variety of natural moods and seasons to the experience of the space.
Embedding the building in the terrain creates a feeling of a welcoming background and a natural blending with the place from which the wine comes. The view and airiness can be enjoyed from the terraces and the artificial hill of the green roof, where one can enjoy the fabulous scenery of the horizons of Kurdějov, the Pálava looming in the distance, and the plains stretching towards Austria. The spaces of the wine house are changeable and conducive to social and romantic moments as well as quiet contemplation over a glass of wine.
We believe that the Gurdau Winery concept will make a significant contribution to the rapidly growing and increasing wine and wine-tourist culture in the Czech Republic and will support the growth of a new charming tradition of cultivated encounters and connections between man, wine, and landscape.
The building is designed with the utmost respect for the surrounding landscape. It is completely covered by a curved extensive green roof so that it is almost invisible in distant views once the vegetation has grown. The surroundings of the building are supplemented with a number of new shrubs and mature trees in order to also create an optimal microclimate in the future. The location of the building right in the vineyard minimizes the transport of raw materials and workers within the winery.
The production areas are located under the terrain, while the customer areas are open to the sun through a glass façade, thus making use of passive energy. To prevent overheating in the hottest summer months, thermally insulating triple glazing is designed in combination with wooden oak slats in front of the windows, a sufficient overhang of the curved roof, and shading of the pergola in front of the façade with tarpaulins. An air-to-water heat pump is used for heating. Rainwater is collected in a storage tank and used for irrigation of the vineyard.
Gurdau Winery Plans
Gurdau Winery Image Gallery
About Aleš Fiala
Aleš Fiala, born in 1962, resides and pursues his professional endeavors in Brno. Along with his dedicated team, he has successfully overseen the completion of numerous projects spanning residential, public, and industrial architectures.
Works from Aleš Fiala
- Statics: OK ateliér
- MEP: Projekce TZB Prokeš
- Electrical installations and security system: CATEGORY
- Landscaping: Zdeněk Sendler
- Furniture design, interior details: Daniela Hradilová
- General contractor: Navláčil stavební firma