“This wine, formerly known as ‘Tercer Año’ or ‘3rd year’ is today called ‘Crianza’. The wine is ripe with soft, silky tannins with a soft aftertaste. An ideal part of the Mediterranean Diet.”– Victor and Maria Urrutia, 5th generation of the founders at CVNE
The vineyards of Cune Crianza are in Rioja Alta, and close to CVNE which makes it easy to get the grapes to the bodega in the best condition. Approximately half are our own vineyards in Haro and other nearby villages and the remainder of the grapes are bough from growers in the region. We have relied upon these growers for generations for the production of Cune Crianza and each year CVNE’s technical team monitor the vineyards and counsel the growers. The grapes come from different locations with a diversity of soils, orientations, pruning and trellising techniques and vine age. Cune Crianza is a blended wine which reflects its own typical style year after year.
The first wine produced by CVNE took the name of the company’s initials. However, a simple and fortunate spelling error, confusing the V with a U, led to the creation of the iconic Cune brand, now the leading wine on the national market. The winery expanded its facilities in 2019, coinciding with its 140th anniversary and marking its continued commitment to producing the finest quality white, rosé and gran reserva wines.
Vinification takes place in ‘El Pilar’, the first winemaking facility in Spain to use gravity-led processes to transport must in 1989. CVNE was a pioneer in this concept, which has now been adopted by numerous wineries.