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Viña Real, D.O.C.a Rioja

While the Cune bodega in Haro represents CVNE's commitment to tradition, Viña Real exemplifies their embrace of modern technology. Viña Real wines are in a rounder, more fruit forward style, yet have the structure and ability to age for half a century. Viña Real started in the 1920s and old VR Gran Reservas are among Rioja's legendary wines.

Since 2004, Viña Real has been housed in a modern purpose-built winery designed by Bordelaise architect Philippe Mazieres. The foyer entrance sits atop the hill known as Cerro de la Mesa and commands sweeping views of both the Alavesa vineyards (looking directly down on Contino just to the North) and South to Logroño, Rioja's commercial centre. The heart of the facility is a cavernous circular chamber which, when viewed from the outside, resembles the upper portion of a giant wine barrel. Inside, technology and modernity reigns. The above-ground portion houses the winemaking facility, designed with the goal of complete reliance on gravity-flow, made possible in large part by a rotating central crane, delivering giant IFOs to each fermenter. Anytime grapes or juice need to be moved, for example to 'pump-over', it is done by gravity thanks to the IFOs. The bodega features twin 3km tunnels dug into the hill where bottle and barrel ageing takes place (these drives took 6 years to dig!). The grapes are grown on sunny south-facing slopes above the Ebro River in Elciego and nearby villages. As with Cune, Viña Real wines are produced from about 50% estate owned vines, and the rest is purchased.

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