The Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE), launched the Viña Real brand in the 1920s becoming one of the pioneering wineries in making crianza wines in oak barrels in this area. A careful balance between tradition and modernity has defined the form and content of Viña Real.
The first Viña Real wines were produced from grapes grown around Elciego, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa province. These vineyards, to this day are still controlled by Viña Real and continue to border the ‘Camino Real’ or ‘Royal Drive’; hence the origin of the Viña Real name.
Up until 1943 the Viña Real wines were produced with grapes from Rioja Alavesa in CVNE´s winey in Haro. In 1943 CVNE constructed a small winery in Elciego, home village of the grapes, of concrete tanks. Ageing was done in oak at barrels at CVNE.
In 2004 the new and very avant garde concept – Viña Real winery was inaugurated in Laguardia.
Even though the winery was inaugurated in 2004, the 2001 vintage of Viña Real was produced at this new winery which combines the vinification in stainless steel tanks with concrete.