CVNE (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana)

No examination of the old guard of Rioja would be complete without the inclusion of the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, more commonly known as CVNE. Founded in 1879 by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, the firm has remained in the hands of their descendants, currently in the fifth generation. The wines of this venerable bodega are popular, both on the home market and abroad, although it should be stressed that this is no family resting on its laurels. CVNE has long been an innovator in Rioja, the family readily embracing advances such as estate-bottling and the extensive use of stainless steel, a material found in abundance in the three CVNE wineries.

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