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The Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE), launched the Viña Real brand in the 1920s becoming one of the pioneering wineries in making crianza wines in oak barrels in this area. A careful balance between tradition and modernity has defined the form and content of Viña Real.
Made with high quality grapes harvested by hand from our better plots in Rioja Alavesa. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures with a frequent dropping of the juice over the skins in order to maximise extraction. Malolactic Fermentation is carried out in French and American oak barrels, and then, the wine is manually racked to stabilise and get rid of deposits. After the cask ageing for 2 years, the wine is clarified with white of egg to achieve the silkiness and shiny final colour. Aging in bottle 36 months.
The Viña Real winery in Laguardia, designed by French architect Philippe Mazières, is composed of three buildings. The main one is constructed with red cedar in the form of a fermenting vat. The natural light, the caves dug to store the wine and the leading-edge technology - with the use of gravity, the installation of the first vertical hopper in Spain - define this monumental work.
Imperial Gran Reserva – CVNE
C.V.N.E. has always been one of Spain's leading wine producers. Those who have been fortunate enough to taste the glorious and celebrated vintages of C.V.N.E. Imperial Gran Reserva like 1928, 1937, 1950, 1958 and 1964 have found the utmost satisfaction and perfection that can only be expected from the best names of the wine world.
In 1879, two brothers decided to set up a business in the newly flourishing trade of wine business. C.V.N.E., Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) or la Cuné, as it is commonly known in Haro, was created.
The wines of this new bodega began winning gold medals and diplomas at the biggest international exhibitions at the end of the 19th century and soon Cuné was present on all of Spain’s highest regarded wine lists. It was one of the first wineries of Rioja to bottle its own wines.
In 1900, the winery had an extraordinary aging capacity of 80.000 bottles, which was most unusual at the time, as most wineries were selling their wines as soon as possible. The Imperial Reserva from its vineyards in the Rioja Alta is one of the big brands of Spain. It is a true classic in Rioja and was first produced in the twenties. Its name comes from a special bottling for the English market, in a measure called ‘Pinta Imperial’ or ‘Imperial Pint’ (an Imperial pint, half a liter approximately). From 1928 these wines could be found at top restaurants and shops all over Spain. The Imperial range includes a ‘Reserva’ and a ‘Gran Reserva’ and is only produced in exceptional vintages. The ‘Reserva’ rests a minimum of 24 months in oak barrels and one year in bottle, with the ‘Gran Reserva’ spending an extra 12 months in oak barrels and bottle. This adds smoothness, aroma, maturity and harmony to the wine.
Average age of vines: over 20 years old
Harvest method: hand picked
Ageing: 36 months in oak barrels and one year in bottle