Viña Real | Rioja Alavesa
Launched by C.V.N.E. in the 1920s, Viña Real became one of the pioneering wineries to make Crianza wines in oak barrels, as well as one of the first wineries to produce age-worthy wines in the Rioja Alavesa made from Tempranillo. A careful balance between tradition and modernity has defined Viña Real's ethos ever since.
Made in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa province, Viña Real's vineyards continue to border the 'Camino Real' or 'Royal Drive'; hence the origin of the Viña Real name. On that same terrain, integrated into a hill called the Cerro de la Mesa, rises a monumental fermenting vat covering nearly 30,000 square metres; the Viña Real winery. This breath-taking new building was opened in 2004 by King Juan Carlos of Spain.. It is a stunningly, impressive modernist structure, made out of concrete, wood and stainless steel, with two tunnels drilled deep into the hillside to store the wine. Natural light, cutting-edge technology, which makes use of gravity and the installation of the first vertical hopper in Spain, define this remarkable work.
Talented winemaker Eva de Benito produces wines that are full bodied and fruit forward, with incredible structure. The balanced, elegant wines, often stylistically compared to Burgundy due to their freshness and finesse, combine New World fruit intensity with Old World style. Highly rated, these wines age magnificently.