Contino, the first Rioja château 1973, impelled by CVNE and the owners of the 62-hectare property located in the Rioja Alavesa. The history of the property dates from the 16th century, and is reflected in its name. The “contino” was the officer in charge of a guard corps of a hundred soldiers who protected the royal family «de contino” (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards. According to the tradition, Saint Gregory, the patron saint of vineyards, passed through the lands of this same Rioja property, giving rise to the use of his figure in the logo of this winery, and to the use of his name for some of the plots now planted with vines.
The 62 hectares of vineyard situated in a a meander of the Ebro river are protected by the hill called the Cerro de la Mesa, which gives this land a characteristic orientation and mesoclimate.
This individualism of the winery fulfills the objective of being able to separate the fruit from the different plots on the estate, differentiate their varieties and sort the fruit from each vineyard terrain by both quality and variety.
Contino is a dedication to viticulture, to achieve the highest possible quality that the terroir can offer.
The result are wines of marked personality that reflect Contino’s unique provenance.