Contino

Our History

In 1974 under the stewardship of José Madrazo Real de Asúa, Contino was the Pioneer of the single estate Rioja Bodega, in contrast to the convention of other producers to blend grapes from various regions and vineyards.

The history of the property dates from the 16th century and takes its name from “El Contino”, the officer in charge of a hundred soldiers who guarded the royal family “de contino” (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards. According to legend, St. Gregory, the patron saint of vineyards, passed through these vines giving rise to his image on the winery’s logo, and the use of his name for some of the plots now planted with vines.

Our Winery

The 62 hectares of Laserna vineyards in Laguardia are sheltered by a hill called the Cerro de la Mesa, which gives this land its unique climate. The manually harvested grapes are transported to the winery where each plot goes through a rigorous sorting before being vinified separately. The wines are then aged in the Contino cellars which date back to the sixteenth century.

In the press

Contino Rioja Blanco 2017

“It’s easy to overlook Contino’s white, such is the fame of its reds, but this complex, barrel-fermented assemblage of Viura with a little Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca is floral, leesy and flinty, with structure from 24 hours’ skin contact.”

94 points –Tim Atkin MW, Decanter

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Contino Rioja ‘Vina del Olivo’ 2017

“This is a very strong and muscular red with very toned tannins that frame the blue fruit and wet earth. Subtle and cool. Structured and chewy. Shows power. Needs three to four years to soften.”

95 points –James Suckling

Our Winery

The 62 hectares of Laserna vineyards in Laguardia are sheltered by a hill called the Cerro de la Mesa, which gives this land its unique climate. The manually harvested grapes are transported to the winery where each plot goes through a rigorous sorting before being vinified separately. The wines are then aged in the Contino cellars which date back to the sixteenth century.

Our History

In 1974 under the stewardship of José Madrazo Real de Asúa, Contino was the Pioneer of the single estate Rioja Bodega, in contrast to the convention of other producers to blend grapes from various regions and vineyards.

The history of the property dates from the 16th century and takes its name from “El Contino”, the officer in charge of a hundred soldiers who guarded the royal family “de contino” (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards. According to legend, St. Gregory, the patron saint of vineyards, passed through these vines giving rise to his image on the winery’s logo, and the use of his name for some of the plots now planted with vines.

In the press

Contino Rioja Blanco 2017

“It’s easy to overlook Contino’s white, such is the fame of its reds, but this complex, barrel-fermented assemblage of Viura with a little Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca is floral, leesy and flinty, with structure from 24 hours’ skin contact.”

94 points –Tim Atkin MW, Decanter

 

Contino Rioja ‘Vina del Olivo’ 2017

“This is a very strong and muscular red with very toned tannins that frame the blue fruit and wet earth. Subtle and cool. Structured and chewy. Shows power. Needs three to four years to soften.”

95 points –James Suckling

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