CVNE (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana) is a well known and historic winery in the Rioja region of Spain. CVNE has been around since the late 1800’s and is still owned and run by the same family that started it all that time ago. They have expanded over the years and now own three separate wineries in Rioja. All three integrate their traditional roots with modern techniques to create exceptional wines that exemplify the terroir in which they are grown.
CVNE’s Vina Real vineyard is located in the Alesia sub-region of Rioja, they released their first vintage in 1920. The wines
from Vina Real showcase the fruit forward wines of Alvesia, all while maintaining structure and balance. While I enjoy all of CVNE’s wines the ones from their Vina Real vineyard are my favorite, and I find the best, as far as value and overall enjoyment is their Rioja Crianza. The wine is full of great intensity, flavors of the red and purple fruit shine thru with toasty vanilla notes to add complexity. It is well structured with lingering fruit and well-integrated tannins, with a long finish with nice acidity.
CVNE, while now a larger operation, has remained true to its roots as a boutique winery. I highly recommend all of their wines, for they are a great value and beyond enjoyable.