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Victor and Maria Urrutia, 5th generation of CVNE

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Victor and Maria Urrutia, 5th generation of CVNE

The brand responsible for Rioja's fame. Since 1879.


Over the past decade the quality of these traditionally made wines has been on a steady rise. Today I would count CVNE among the region’s top producers, up and down the range.

Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

CVNE was founded in 1879 in Haro, Rioja, by the two brothers Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa. A trip initially taken for health reasons led to the creation of Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (C.V.N.E.) – Wine Company from the North of Spain – in Haro’s iconic Barrio de la Estación railway station. 

This marked the birth of a family winery that has grown over five generations. Today, the winery is still run by the same family, producing quality, artisanal and traditional wines.  With more than 144-year history, CVNE has not ceased to evolve, grow, and innovate in terms of both wines and production, while always remaining true to its objective of creating premium wines and tapping into the potential of the outstanding vineyards in its environs.

CVNE produced the first Spanish wine to be named Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year (Imperial Gran Reserva 2013) and its wines have received multiple 100-point scores from Robert Parker Wine Advocate.

CVNE currently has eight wineries in Spain’s principal wine-growing regions. Four are legendary brands located in the heart of Rioja:  

  • Imperial
  • Viña Real 
  • Viñedos del Contino
  • Monopole

Other more recent additions to the winery portfolio in other Spanish regions include:

  • Roger Goulart in Cava
  • Bela in Ribera del Duero
  • Virgen del Galir in Valdeorras 
  • La Val in Rias Baixas

Despite its growth, CVNE has maintained its profound respect for tradition while incorporating innovative processes and a commitment to its environment, with environmentally sustainable viticulture and excellent quality wines.

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Location:  Haro, Rioja, Spain

Year Founded:  1879

Owner(s):  The 5th Generation of the Urrutia Family

Winemaker(s):  Multiple

Release Schedule: Varies

Cultivated Area:  600 hectares (1400 acres) in Rioja

Topography:  Hillsides 1150 – 3600 ft above sea level

Soil Type: Calcareous, clay, limestone

Annual Production:  ~400,000 cases

Varieties Cultivated:  Tempranillo, Garnacha, Viura, Godello, several others.


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