A place of architecture
Riberach adventure starts in 2006 with the association of people and ideas around one common goal. On these terroirs of the Pyrenean foothills, 5 men commit to produce high-quality and resolutely organic wines that they want to mature here, in a place that captures the very essence of who they are.
Story of the different areas
Nothing could be better than an old winery to make wine. The ancient cooperative winery of the village had been an industrial wasteland for 10 years. Karin and Luc restored it in order to accommodate Riberach wine warehouses. The remaining area (2,000sqm) is dedicated to a luxury contemporary hotel-restaurant which is inspired by their urban culture.
Story of perspectives
Riberach is a long slender building, clinging beneath the mediaeval castle of Belesta. The natural swimming pool lies at one end of the building, reminiscent of the prow of a ship. The building’s interior hallways and its appearance of gables dotted with portholes are just two of Riberach’s many similarities with naval architecture. An invitation to travel, to dream and to be at one with your inner self...
Story of architectures
Preserving the Eiffel’s framework of the hall of the old presses, and creating a restaurant. Opening the former wine vats looking onto the gardens, and creating rooms and suites. Hanging the lounge terrace made of metal and wood on the stones of the facades. Using raw materials. Combining plants, minerals and organic matters. Retaining the same volumes and structuring the space blending industrial style and natural materials. All floors are full of surprises!
Story of ecolo(d)gy
As they are greatly influenced by their environmentally friendly architectural culture, Karin and Luc put their convictions into practice. “The best energy being that which we don’t use”, they have chosen to take advantage of the technical characteristics and thermal inertia of the building, heat, cool, and produce their own domestic hot water using geothermal energy. The 500sqm of photovoltaic panels on the roof complete the installation. The water of the natural swimming pool that has been designed like a biotope is naturally filtered by plants. It welcomes guests – young and not so young – among bamboos, frogs and dragonflies.