2018 Harvest in Spain: Qualitative and Selective at CONTINO and IMPERIAL in Rioja

Family owned Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) has just announced the end of a “qualitative and selective” 2018 harvest in Rioja. Qualitative, Classic and Strict Selection – that cut yields – can summarize the 2018 harvest for both CONTINO – the first Rioja single vineyard wine with history going back to the 16th century – and IMPERIAL, the iconic spanish wine. 
The first grapes – Viura and White Grenache for CONTINO white wine – were hand-picked on September 17, first day of harvest (ended on October 15). For IMPERIAL, harvest started on October 9 and ended on October 26, with a very intense work done over the last two weeks thanks to a strongly increased number of hand-pickers in the vineyards. 

Maria and Victor Urrutia: “We are extremely happy with the quality of the grapes harvested for both IMPERIAL and CONTINO. 2018 is a classic vintage, like in the old days of Rioja. It was a nail-biting year with lots of challenges but thanks to the hard work done in the vineyards all year long, the outcome is of high level. The volumes are unfortunately lower than expected as we were extremely picky on selecting the best grapes.” 

Founded in 1879 in the Rioja town of Haro and managed today by the fifth generation – Maria and Victor Urrutia – CVNE also released two short videos (long versions will be disclosed in January 2019 for the launch of the new vintages of Gran Reserva for both CONTINO and IMPERIAL):

Discover IMPERIAL in this new video: IMPERIAL, the Iconic Spanish Wine 
Discover CONTINO in this new video: CONTINO, first Rioja Single Vineyard Wine