The eastern section of Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta
By Tom Perry
This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Address: Carretera Logroño-Laguardia (A124) km 4.8,
Tel: 945 62 52 55
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 42:32:43N (42.54517) Longitude: 2:33:47W (-2.56304)
Viña Real was designed by Bordeaux architect Philippe Mazières and opened in 2004. It is one of three wineries belonging to the CVNE group, owned by the same families that founded CVNE in Haro at the end of the 19th century. Located at the top of a hill about halfway between Logroño and Laguardia, what you see when approaching the winery appears to be a gigantic wine cask standing on end. Inside, features include two large, underground barrel-ageing cellars and a circular barrel-ageing room under the domed roof. Viña Real, like CVNE in Haro, transfers grapes to the fermentation vats by means of ‘IFOs’ or ‘Identified Flying Objects’, cylindrical stainless steel containers that are moved by cables and pulleys from the ceiling. The company’s entry-level red, Viña Real Plata has provided consistent value and enjoyment for consumers in Spain for almost a century.
Useful information: By appointment only. English spoken. Visits Monday to Saturday at 11.00, 13.00 and 16.30. Sunday at 11.00 and 12.30. Cost €8 including a tasting of two wines and a ‘tapa’. Viña Real has a restaurant (reservation required). The wine shop is open from 10.00 to 18.00 Monday to Saturday. Sundays visits morning only.
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