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Historic Rioja house, which includes the estates of Vina Real, Contino, Imperial, and Cune. They pride themselves on incorporating Rioja's tradition and modern innovation. C.V.N.E. stands for Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (The Northern Spanish Wine Company). It was established in 1879 and is still run by the same family today, now in its fifth generation.
Rueda, traditionally white wine country, is named after the town that straddles the main road between Madrid and León. The region lies very close to the regions of Toro and Ribera del Duero, north of Madrid. After the phylloxera bug wreaked havoc on much of Rueda, the Palomino grape was used for replanting. This rather boring grape variety produces much of the region's fortifiedwines, Rueda Pálido and the stronger Rueda Dorado. These sherry-like wines are now becoming less popular and are mainly sold in bulk to northern Spain. What has become the most important grape variety since the 1970s in Rueda is Verdejo. This local grape became popluar when Marqués de Riscal recognised the potential for making fruity, dry white wines in the region. The region achieved DO status in 1980. Viura (Macabeo) and Sauvignon Blanc can also be found in the blend but Verdejo must make up 50% of it. To qualify for Rueda Superior wines, one must have at least 85% Verdejo in the blend. The region has also had a DO status for red wine, mainly Tempranillo, since 2002 despite many white-wine producers campaigning against this.