Archdaily : In 2005, a family-based agro-business company invited PROMONTORIO to master plan an innovative resort concept that would combine the rural experience of wine and olive oil production, with the amenities of leisure destination. The project is situated in the vicinity of the whitewashed town of Montemor-o-novo, in the Alentejo, near the UNESCO-listed city of Evora. Located on a gentle valley facing south and looking towards the skyline of the medieval Montemor castle, the master plan was devised in a system of clusters of villas and terraced row-houses reminiscent of the former agricultural compounds of the Alentejo, known as “monte”, which literally means “mound” in English, wherein the etymological reference is fundamentally topographic. In addition, a small lake cools the air and is used for leisure activities besides serving as a sustainable water-retaining basin for agriculture.
Archdaily : Integrated in the resort, the hotel is the key building of the whole ensemble. The programme includes reception, clubhouse, restaurant, spa with indoor pool, and back-of-house service support to the adjacent guesthouse suites. In addition, the building functions as a winery, where guests experience the whole winemaking process, from grapes selection, crushing, fermentation and pressing, to barrel aging, blending, filtering and bottling.
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