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Abbreviation and common name for the Spanish winery "Compañia Vinícola del Norte de España" in the Rioja Alta sub-area of the Rioja region. It was founded in 1879 by the two brothers Raimundo and Eusebio Real de Asúa together with Isidro Corcuera Cinco. It is still owned by the family today, now in its fifth generation. The winery is one of the legendary producers of extremely long-lasting Riojas, which can be kept for 30 years and more. Until the 1930s almost 100% of the production was exported. The estate's own vineyards cover 520 hectares, which provide two thirds of the grapes for the red Rioja. The remaining quantity comes from contract areas.

The product range includes the red Rioja brands "Cune", "Graciano" (pure Tempranillo), "Viña Real" and the flagship "Imperial", as well as the white Rioja "Monopole". In 1989, 15 million euros were invested in new cellar facilities with 40 large stainless steel tanks. The total capacity in the tanks is 17 million litres and in the cellars there are 22,000 oak barrels for barrique ageing. Approximately 5.4 million bottles (450,000 cases) of wine are produced annually, of which about 15% are exported. The Viñedos del Contino winery in Rioja Alavesa is a subsidiary company.

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