The defining line and meaning of the existence of Château Rúbaň is the effort to achieve orderliness, purity, and simplicity in every moment of our activity.
Our labels reflect the minimalist and simple approach, and at the same time, our commitment to achieve the world’s quality. They depict local, lively and informative stories, draw from the region and live with it. Our graphic concept and its design have won the highest utility design awards in Berlin, London and Tokyo. It is about showing quality, purity and simplicity. Our buildings, our environment and the historic forest park are designed and maintained to provide our incoming guests with a clean and powerful experience, to create an oasis of peace of mind. They respect history, and at the same time, they move towards a modern future.
Our wines and champagnes, made by passionate craftsmen, want to preserve the pure joy of the grapes, the special beauty of the region, the character of the soil. At the same time, we are looking for new directions in the field of newly-bred wines. We want to provide an experience. Our wines do not need complex justifications of their taste and scent. Simply, they are good. We provide our restaurant services, weddings, and the accommodation itself with a clear aim: we want our clients to feel that they are our guests and that they will receive the same care, just like at home. The greatest aim for us to achieve is the feeling of relaxation, calmness and joy.
Each wine label contains only one or two cooperating motives, that are characteristic for our region. Most of the motives originate from the period from the beginning of the 20th century up till the fifties. This era is, by many, considered to be the golden era of our manor house. Within the motives, there is the tree trunk cut, lever water well, goose girl, aeroplane, locomotive, train station, horses, trees, nomadic gipsies, bicycle, willow, and many others. The labels are not self-serving and are not only decorative. They demonstrate the local stories and that is what ensures the uniqueness and fantasy. Each label, despite the different motive, has the same minimalist style to prevent accumulated information on the bottle. The motives are simple and hand-drawn. White space is dominating on the nearly-three-dimensional paper. This design expresses the meaning of art handcrafts, their complexity and their elegance at the same time. The labels are a work of our friends from Trnava, a creative team from the studio Pergamen. We are very thankful for the portrayal of this unique concept, appreciated all around the world. What does each of the motives mean?
is the trunk of an old, mighty tree. It is a uniform graphical element, which is displayed on all of our products. We have chosen the tree trunk as the central motive of our winery because it is bound to the place, contains the history and the development. Some of the trees in our forest park are as old as our manor house and our wine cellar. According to the tradition, the oldest tree is the sycamore – which is at the same time, the oldest element of the forest park – imported as a large tree with a developed crown. The trunk is understood and used as our seal. Back in the time, the significant documents were always marked with a seal, which represented the seriousness and authority of the document creator. In our today’s perception, the seal is a representation of our commitment towards our customers and guests. It represents our idea to provide the highest quality wines, champagnes and services. Only those of products, which fill all of our quality visions, are marked with the seal. It is a guaranty and a commitment at the same time.
The winery project stands in the area from the second half of the 18th century. At that time, the forest park was established, along with the first part of the manor house, two water wells, a wine cellar and above it, the wine house. In the 19th century, there was an enlargement of buildings, they were modernised, but without changing the purpose of their use. Today’s winery fully builds on these facts.
The unmaintained and messy forest has become cultivated and relaxed placed with majestic trees again. The manor house, cellar, water wells and wine house were sensitively renovated and their original functions were restored. With nowadays’ style in mind, they have been more or less supplemented by modern parts, needed for expanded production and today’s hospitality services. The winery’s architecture is thus a continuation of the history of the area. It is simple, with a clear layout and a strong accent, open to its surroundings. From the winery building, there is a beautiful view of the forest park and the swampy Parisian stream. There is a distinctive golden colour on the buildings, which makes some elements special, and at the same time, unifies them. The façade consists of white and grey areas with drawings of curves, evoking the curves of the forest park, the surrounding fields and vineyards.
The biggest challenge was the transformation of the entrance, a frightening, huge, unattractive accommodation building, built in the 1960s. In addition to the complete reconstruction itself, it was necessary to create a new identity. The main idea was to create a solid mirrored wall, that covers the building and projects a beautiful forest park and blue or cloudy sky on the façade. Another distinctive feature of this façade is the entrance funnel, framing the impressive entrance area. It consists of a layered folded gold plate, similar to other buildings in the area. Gold evokes the colour of the wine, sun and grain of our region.