IMPERIAL Rioja is Best Spanish Wine of 2019 in the new Wine Enthusiast’s Top100


Iconic. IMPERIAL is one of the most renowned references in the entire history of Spanish winemaking. It is a true classic in Rioja and was first bottled in the 1920s. Its name was originally adopted after a special bottling for the English market in a bottle called ‘Pinta Imperial’ or ‘Imperial Pint’ (an Imperial pint, half a litre approximately). It has gained international acclaim for numerous wines and one particular highlight was the IMPERIAL Gran Reserva, which was named the top wine in the 2013 edition of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 – a place never equaled since by another Spanish wine. Last week, the new Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 ranked ‘IMPERIAL Gran Reserva’ number 5 which makes it the Best Spanish Wine of 2019.

Family owned Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España (or CVNE) is a historic wine producer in the Rioja region of Spain. CUNE, Vina Real, IMPERIAL, Contino…all these names bear the colors of Spain around the world for 140 years. In 1879, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa set the goal of making the best wines of Spain and make their country shine all over the world. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought they were out of their minds to imagine it was possible. Today Maria and Victor Urrutia, the fifth generation, lead the family company in the same way and celebrate this year the 140th birthday of Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE).

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