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Viña Real Crianza 2020

Viña Real Crianza

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

Ever since the Viña Real winery started out in 1920, it has represented the elegant character of Rioja Alavesa and rounded and carefully aged wines. A clear example of this style, Viña Real Crianza is a long and fresh gastronomic wine ideal for all occasions

What does this wine taste like?

Viña Real Crianza is a subtle and spongy wine packed with the pulp of red grapes. A long ageing process brings out aromas of cocoa, tobacco, liquorice and sweet spices. These subtle tertiary notes highlight its wonderful and lively sensations of red fruit and fragrant blue flowers. Delicate tannins, fine acidity, and a seductive volume caress the cheeks while spices like black pepper and nutmeg gain presence with every sip. A long, lingering and elegant finish.

Garnet / Violet
Higly aromatic / Red berries / Ageing notes
Rounded / Balanced / Elegant

Drinking and storing

Best served in a Tempranillo wine glass or, failing that, a Pinot Noir glass as it needs a wide bowl and narrow opening for the wine to express itself without losing its aromatic properties. To enjoy the wine fully, the ideal serving temperature is around 16ºC.    

Viña Real Crianza has a good potential for laying down for up to 5 or 6 years

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Works fabulously with game dishes cooked with aromatic herbs and spices and a mild red fruit sauce.

Sausages and ham
Poultry and white meats
Red meat

Rice with truffles / Game birds / Peppercorn steak

Ratings and awards

202191 PK
201991 PK93 SK
201791+ PK
201691 PK91 PN
201590 PK
201292 PN
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The popular red 2017 Viña Real Crianza is a gastronomical blend produced with grapes from Rioja Alavesa: 90% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano fermented in stainless steel and matured in oak barrels for 13 to 14 months, during which time it was racked every five to six months. The first thing that is going to catch your attention is the new label, which takes things from the past but put in a new, more modern style, which also reflects what the wine is like. The Viña Real range (white, rosé and Reserva) is gradually going to adopt this same label but with the letters in different colors. The second thing that I also loved is the Garnacha character that clearly comes through, even if it represents a small percentage in the final blend (Garnacha and Graciano like heat and do well in warmer years). The oak is nicely folded and integrated into the fruit. Very enjoyable and fresh, in line with what consumers expect but with an extra spark of red fruit that is quite remarkable for the 2017 vintage. The palate is textured, fine and polished, with very fine tannins and high drinkability. I think this is one of the Crianzas that I have enjoyed the most in recent times. I love it. Remarkable for a year like 2017. 650,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2017 - 91+ PARKER

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Destemmed grapes undergo an alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks before ageing for 13-14 months in French and American oak barrels, decanted every 5-6 months to ensure the best possible blend of aromas from ageing and fruit.

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing periodBetween 13 and 14 months
Type of woodFrench and American oak


The grapes used to create Viña Real Crianza grow in different soil types in a mixture of vineyards, some owned by the winery and some by other Rioja Alavesa producers who have worked with the Laguardia firm for many years.

The winery

Viña Real

Viña Real

The Viña Real brand was created in 1960 by Cvne, the founding winery of the group which also includes Viñedos del Contino. Although the first wines to be released onto the market and made with Viña Real grapes (in the Elciego area and close to the old royal road, the Camino Real, hence the name) date back to 1920. Today, looking to over a 100 years of Cvne experience, the new Viña Real winery offers modern-style wines that are well prepared for a...