In 1879, the Real de Asúa brothers arrived in Haro to embark on what would become one of the longest-standing histories in the wine world. A trip initially taken for health reasons led to the creation of Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (C.V.N.E.) in the 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 that grace tables in more than 90 countries. An industry leader in Spain and winner of prestigious wine awards including accolades from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate over the course of its history, CVNE has continued to grow while always remaining true to its objective of creating premium wines and tapping into the potential of the outstanding vineyards in its environs. The group currently has eight wineries in Spain’s principal wine-growing regions: CVNE, Imperial, Viña Real and Viñedos del Contino in Rioja, Roger Goulart in Penedés, Bela in Ribera del Duero, Virgen del Galir in Valdeorras and La Val in Rías Baixas.
These wineries produce a wide variety of wines (the best from each region), combining tradition and modernity to create reliable and characterful wines, including: Imperial, the flagship of the winery, ranked the world’s number one wine in 2013 by American magazine Wine Spectator (the first wine in Spain to receive the accolade); Monopole, Spain’s oldest white wine; the Corona 1939 white wine, and the Viña Real 1947 red wine (a Robert Parker 100-point wine); Contino, the first single-vineyard wine; and Roger Goulart, a pioneering producer of traditional method sparkling wine in Spain since 1882.
Over its 140-year history, CVNE has not ceased to evolve, grow, and innovate in terms of both wines and production. Despite its growth, the winery 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.
The iconic Davalillo Castle in the La Rioja region is the latest addition to this winemaking saga. This impressive monument, known beyond Spain’s borders, dates back to the XIII century. Over the centuries, it has fallen into disrepair, and now the CVNE family wants to restore it to its original splendour and bring it back to life.
Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, which quickly became known as CVNE– (or the erroneous but more pronounceable Cune) is a classic name in Spanish wine.Luis Gutierrez, mundovino 2010
CVNE is a young, professional, and united team that has successfully achieved worldwide recognition for its wines and wineries, thanks to their quality, variety and capacity to adapt to all tastes and situations. Indeed, the key to a good wine’s success lies in the people who make it possible.
This big family starts with the team of professionals out on the field, tending to the vineyards and plots where only the best grapes are picked; it extends to the oenology team, who are responsible for creating each of the wines in the winery; the winery team who prepare the wines; and the commercial team who close the circle, getting wine onto consumers’ tables.
Meanwhile, our winery tour and PR teams are responsible for making CVNE a prime example of wine tourism, coming up with original activities and events so that people of all ages can learn about the secrets and delights of the world of wine and vineyards.
In short, this extended family has come together to make CVNE a winery that has successfully remained faithful to its roots and traditions for over 140 years, with a firm commitment to innovation and solving new challenges for society and consumers.