The Adega23 project was born from Manuela Carmona’s passion on the culture and history of wine-making – an interest that acted as the catalyst for her escape from her day job as an eye doctor. The region where she was born (Sarnadas de Rodão/Castelo Branco), with which she never lost contact, was the place she chose to plant this incredibly bold wine-making endeavor. Bold for its dimension, its modernity, and its originality. The harbinger for the project is Adega23’s main building.
This is an edifice signed by Atelier RUA. This architecture firm erected a striking parallelepiped building surrounded by a highly textured structure, with a magnificent golden coating. Situated in the highest elevation of the 12 hectares of the estate, it is quite conspicuous in the landscape, especially for those who drive down the A23 highway, which cuts through the vineyard. The interior of the building was as carefully designed in order to, first of all, accommodate the technical needs of the vinification and ageing processes, but also to offer a social area which can host enotourism and cultural events. The project, from an architecture standpoint, has been mentioned, praised and even awarded by the specialised milieu.