Clunia is a dream-come-true project
The recent history of Clunia was born in the late 90s. Clunia is an innovative winemaking project, a dream and a need to make wine that reflects the virtues of extremes. No additives. Wine from a land with centuries of experience. An arid land with a rough composition, at an extreme altitude and in a harsh climate.
The Clunia vineyards are located in the province of Burgos, Castilla y León at an altitude of between 900 and 1,100 metres above the sea level. To date, only 20 hectares of Tempranillo, Syrah, Albillo, and Malbec are cultivated, although the incorporation of new plantations is planned, which will give a final figure of 32 hectares. All this done calmly and patiently, with great dedication to the land and low yield, as evidenced by its low production of 42,000 bottles per year among the three Clunia wines. The organic composition of this land is very poor, these are limestone, clay and sandy soils with pebbles and limestone loams which allow for optimal drainage, thus limiting production considerably –between 3,000 and 4,000Kg/hectare. The singular character of this terroir results in wines with a unique personality, only changing slightly according to the subtle variations determined by the soil of each vineyard. The cellar is situated in the small town Coruña del Conde. It has a maximum capacity for 100,000 kilos of grapes.
Seemingly determined to show that bigger can be better, Bodegas Príncipe de Viana was founded in 1983. The firm is dedicated to quality, from vineyard to table, and takes its stewardship of the land very seriously. Headquartered in Navarra, it controls 1,700 acres across north central Spain and its three wineries currently produce a jaw-dropping 1.2 million cases of wine each year. Their Clunia label, which focuses on wines from the Castilla-León region, released it first vintage in 2010 and has received rave reviews from the international press, for both quality and value.