Famed Ensenada architects Alejandro d’Acosta and Claudia Tennet, his partner, have graced the Guadalupe Valley with their creative touch, having designed several distinguished and architecturally striking wineries such as Paralelo, Vena Cava, Clos de Tres Cantos, and the newly constructed Bruma. With themes of sustainability, respect for the land, functionality, and soulfulness, these wineries offer visitors a deeper experience beyond sipping wine. So how did d’Acosta decide to employ upside down fishing boats at Vena Cava? “The idea of using fi shing boats comes from observing and getting close to what is in front of us— what is visible to the naked eye— and through geometry, applying it to contemporary architecture. The reuse of fi shing boats is a common practice in many ports around the world,” he says. At Clos de Tres Cantos, some of the pyramid walls are made from recycled glass bottles in different shades that create streams of beautiful light and lend a spiritual sense to the winey, though d’Acosta also says that the old glass bottles are great for insulation. Function and art abound. The idea behind Clos de Tres Cantos was to “join and integrate to the landscape,” which d’Acosta triumphantly succeeds in doing.