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CIA VINICOLA DEL NORTE DE ESPANA (CVNE USA) - Fact sheet

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Owner
The direct descendents of the original founders. Current CEO is Victor Urrutia, 5th generation of the family.
Products
Rioja, Blanco, Cune
Rioja, Blanco, Monopole
Rioja, Rosado, Cune
Rioja, Crianza, Cune
Rioja, Reserva, Cune
Rioja, Reserva, Imperial
Rioja, Gran Reserva, Imperial
Rioja, Real de Asua

Rioja, Blanco, Fermentada in Barrica, Viña Real
Rioja, Crianza, Viña Real
Rioja, Reserva, Viña Real
Rioja, Gran Reserva, Viña Real
Rioja, Pagos de Viña Real

Rioja, Blanco, Contino
Rioja, Garnacha, Contino
Rioja, Reserva, Contino
Rioja, Gran Reserva, Contino
Rioja, Viña del Olivo, Contino
Rioja, Graciano, Contino
Size of the Vineyards
545 hectares
Location of the Vineyards
The Cune, Imperial and Real de Asua wines are all made in the historic bodega complex in Haro. All grapes for the Cune wines come from the 'Rioja Alta' zone, where higher altitudes and Atlantic influences moderate the climate, ideal for producing wines of elegance and finesse. Imperial and Real de Asua are made from a selection of the best grapes from vineyards surrounding the village of Villalba, in the heart of the 'Rioja Alta' zone.
Viña Real has its own dedicated ultra-state-of-the-art winery near to Laguardia. Grapes come principally from the 'Rioja Alavesa' zone, on sunny south-facing slopes running down from the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range to the Ebro river. These well-located vineyards give ripe wines with good structure.
Contino is a genuine single-estate - the first of its kind in Rioja - with 62 hectares of contiguous vineyards enclosed within a bend of the Ebro river, close to Laguardia in the Rioja Alavesa. The imposing Cerro de la Mesa hill just behind protects the vineyards and creates a uniquely favourable mesoclimate
Soil
Iron-rich clay and limestone in the Rioja Alta
Calcareous chalky soils in the Rioja Alavesa.
At Contino, stony alluvial soils, with varying degrees of chalk, limestone and clay on the different terraces between winery and river.
Grape Varieties
Cune Blanco : 85% Viura, 15% Garnacha and Malvasia
Monopole : 100% Viura
Cune Rosado : 100% Tempranillo
Cune Crianza & Reserva : 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha & Mazuelo
Imperial Reserva & Gran Reserva : 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
CVNE Real de Asua : 100% Tempranillo
Vina Real Blanco Barrica : 100% Viura
Vina Real Crianza & Reserva : 90% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, Graciano & Mazuelo
Vina Real Gran Reserva : 95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano
Pagos de Vina Real : 100% Tempranillo
Contino Reserva : 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo & Garnacha
Contino Vina del Olivo : 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
Contino Graciano : 100% Graciano
Average production
Total production of the 4 wineries : 6 million bottles per year.
Imperial and Real de Asua are made in their own dedicated boutique "winery within the winery" facility
CVNE : 350 000 bottles in a given year.
Both the "Real de Asua" and "Pagos de Vina Real" : less than 400 cases each.
The Contino : 300 000 bottles a year, of which 3 000 bottles of the rare 100% Graciano.
Vinification and ageing
Cune Blanco : Cool fermentation; tank ageing in stainless steel and early bottling in January to maximize freshness and fruit.
Monopole: Selection of best white grapes. Cold maceration on the skins, then as for Cune Blanco
Cune Rosado : Made from juice drawn off the skins (saignée) after 24 to 48 hours. Ageing as of Cune Blanco.
Cune Crianza : Hand harvest and destemming, then fermentation at 26-28°C. Ageing 12 months in used barrels (80% American, 20 French oak), then a further 6 months ageing in bottle before release.
Cune Reserva : Hand harvest of selected parcels, destemming, then fermentation at 28-30°C. Ageing 18 months in second and third passage barrels (70% American, 30 French oak), then a further 18 months ageing in bottle before release.
Imperial Reserva : Grapes from best Rioja Alta region vineyards packed in shallow trays and placed in the cool room to chill before crushing. Fermentation in large oak vats. Ageing 24 months in new and second passage barrels (60% French, 40% American), then a further 18 months in bottle.
Imperial Gran Reserva : from oldest bush-trained vines. Fermentation as for Imperial Reserva. Ageing 30 months in barrel (60% French, 40% American) and a further 36 months in bottle.
Real de Asua : Selection of most appropriate parcels. Fermentation in large oak vats with extended 5 week maceration.18 months in new 100% French oak barrels, then 24 months in bottle.

Viña Real Blanco : Hand selection of grapes, then 6-8 hour cold skin maceration before pressing. Fermentation in new American oak barrels, then ageing on the lees with batonnage in the same barrels.
Viña Real Crianza : Hand harvest from Rioja Alavesa region vineyards. Cool pre-fermentation maceration, no pumping (gravity flow only). 14 months in used barrels (80% American, 20% French), then a further 6 months in bottle before release.
Viña Real Reserva : As for Crianza but with longer maceration. Ageing 18 months in second and third passage barrels (60% French, 40% American), then a further 36 months in bottle.
Viña Real Gran Reserva : Fermenation in tank with regular delestage for optimal but gentle extraction. Malolactic in barrel and 30 months subsequent cask ageing in new and second passage barrels (60% French, 40% American). 36 further months in bottle before release.
Pagos de Vina Real : From vineyard parcels surrounding the winery. Strict selection, then fermentation in oak vats. Malolactic in new French oak barrels, then 15 months in these barrels before bottling and a further 18 months ageing before release.

Contino Reserva : Hand-harvest of selected plots. Destemming. Fermentation in tank at 28-30°C with 15-20 day cuvaison. 24 months in second and third passage barrels (60% French, 40% American), then a further 24 months in b ottle prior to release.
Contino Vina del Olivo : Fermenation in large oak vats, malolactic in new French oak barrels, 17 months in new oak barrels (70% French, 20% American, 10% Hungarian), then 12 further months in bottle.
Contino Graciano : Fermentation and malolactic as for Vina del Olivo. Ageing 15 months in new oak barrels (90% French, 10% Hungarian), 12 months in bottle.
Notes on the property
CVNE is one of the most important wine producers of Spain, on account of its illustrious history, and its omnipresence in the contemporary Spanish wine scene. Founded by the Real de Asua brothers in 1879, it remains family-owned and family-run, with the latest generation committed more than ever to making great wine in meaningful quantities. The 4 company wineries perfectly symbolise the 3 essential principles that have always caracterised the CVNE philosophy : the respect of heritage evident at the historic CVNE Imperial; the embrace of new technology and innovation in the James Bond-inspired Viña Real facility; and the valorisation of terroir that is Contino, Rioja's most magical vineyard site transformed into truly magical wines.