Anatesis Foundation, chaired by architect Jesús Marino Pascual, and the City of Quells have promoted an unprecedented study of neighborhood bodegas in this town in the Rioja Baja. In addition to analyzing the history, location, uses and the type of family cellars of the municipality, labor leaders have developed a complete planimetric study of the “neighborhood” which is actually a patchwork of varying heights excavated caves on a hill situated on the banks of the river Ciaos.
This study determined the exact position of each winery inside the hill, and tune your plant, a hitherto unknown reality not only in Quell but in most of the districts of La Rioja bodegas. In this case, to simplify the presentation of results, researchers have identified four levels of construction of the caves, which are cut in a horizontal direction into the hill, taking advantage of its natural escarpment, and haphazardly piled one upon another .
The external appearance of the hill can not guess, however, this hidden heritage, but presents a set of informal houses and brick buildings (the entrance to the caves), which gives a picture of deterioration and slums are very common in other districts holds. Today, in the villages of La Rioja some of these buildings are still used to make or bring wine, but more often used as picnic areas and meeting spaces that are used as storage place or are abandoned.