The Riojas of CVNE: Gloria Zapatero, Export Manager
April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Included in your registration:
- Sample bottles (50ml ea, 1 sample bottle of the producer’s different wines to be showcased)
- Online Masterclass with the winery spokesperson
- Hosted by a Cork & Fork Logan Team Member
- 20% discount on all featured wines (minimum purchase of 3 bottles)
- Access to the online class, password protected (emailed after registration)
- Sample pack available for pick up after online event registration
- Sample pack available for shipping within the USA for $30 via FedEx
About the Winery:
The Companiá Vinícola del Norte de España (a mouthful that is generally shortened to CVNE) is confusingly, yet universally, known as “Cune”, pronounced COO-nay. Until 1882, the winery’s full name was even more utilitarian: Corcuera, Real de Asúa y Compañia SCM (Sociedad Colectiva Mercantil). As acronyms go, CVNE is probably better than CRAC.
CVNE was founded by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, in 1879. The former’s poor health – more specifically, asthma – was indirectly responsible for the creation of the bodega. His doctor suggested he leave Bilbao, on Spain’s Atlantic coast, for a drier climate. Rioja, sheltered by the Sierra de Cantabria, seemed a good bet, so Eusebio bought an apartment in Haro. 1877 was a good year to arrive. The phylloxera louse was devastating France’s vineyards and, partly thanks to the importation of ideas from the other side of the Pyrenees, Rioja was entering a new era. Eusebio had been educated in Bordeaux, so was at ease in this Franco-Spanish milieu. Inspired by what was happening around him, he decided to create a négociant business buying and blending young wines, working alongside his brother and Isidro Corcuera, a vineyard expert from nearby Logroño. CVNE, or rather CRAC, was the result.
The current owners of the business are direct descendants of Eusebio Real de Asúa: Victor Urrutia and his sister Maria are the fifth generation of the family to run CVNE. But because the inheritance went down the female line, the name of the founders only survives in the winery’s flagship red. Real de Asúa was first produced in 1994 and is always a varietal Tempranillo. “I don’t care if it’s a modern style or more traditional red,” says managing director Victor Urrutia. “It just has to be of extremely high quality.” Production is only 5000 bottles.