CVNE stands for Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espagna – The Northern Spanish wine Company. Interestingly, on the label it reads as CUNE – an early miss-spelling confusing the V for a U decided the name of the brand! The company was founded in 1879 in the town of Haro in La Rioja by brothers Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, and it Is still a family operation, run today by fifth generation direct descendant Victor Urrutia Ybarra. They have seven wineries in Spain's principle wine-growing regions: CVNE, Imperial, Viña Real and Viñedos del Contino in Rioja, Roger Goulart in Penedés, Bela in Ribera del Duero, and Virgen del Galir in Valdeorras. Each estate produces a specific style of wine from distinct terroir and consequently the CVNE portfolio is impressive. They have been producing the Monopole white Rioja since the beginning of the 20th century – this is Spain's oldest registered name for a white wine. CVNE are an iconic Bodega because in 1940 they were the first winery in Spain to use concrete fermentation cellars, and in the 1980’s the first in Spain to use gravity in winemaking, which allows the wine to stream from winery levels instead of using pumps or hoses or any mechanical force. They also have a winery building dating from 1909, which was designed by Gustav Eiffel’s Architectural Studio. This historic bodega is one of the most renowned in Spain, known for producing quality, artisanal and traditional wines. CVNE were deservedly awarded one of the top 8 World's Most Admired Wine Brands by Drinks International in 2021.