Viña Real has been producing wine since the nineteenth century and over the years They have consistently brought fresh ideas and techniques to the Rioja region.
Today they can be found in Rioja Alavesa, a sub-region that were pioneers in barrel-ageing, and indeed Viña Real themselves were one of the first to make crianza wines.
Their first wine was sold way back in 1920 from vines near the Camino Real (or ‘royal road’, an historic Spanish highway) which is where their name originated. They have retained this name, although they are now under the much larger umbrella of producers run by the famous CVNE organisation.
Despite their many years of experience, choosing when to harvest is still a tricky operation as they only want to pick grapes at their optimum potential. When harvesting does get underway, it is done by hand, and the grapes undergo a further selection on automatic ‘hoppers’ at the winery.
Vina Real Gran Reserva Rioja 2008. SAQ Code: 12497501. Price: $35.00.
Aromas of blackcurrant with hints of coffe and dark chocolate and spices such as cinnamon. On the mouth, fruity, reminding me of sour cherries and strawberries. Elegant and structured with additional Rioja flavors of cedar and pipe tobacco. Lovely finale bringing to mind mint and confit red and blackcurrant. Drink now or cellar for the next 7-10 years.
Viña Real is represented in Quebec by LBV International.