Campo Viejo has a long history that dates to the Roman Empire. However, it has been only in the last century that their name became synonymous with Rioja wines. From the first vintage – brewed in the former Ortigüela winery in 1959 – to the creation of the famous ‘Rioja Bottle’ in 1961 and the unveiling of their new state-of-the-art sustainable winery in 2001, Campo Viejo has been at the forefront of Rioja winemaking.
A superior source of white grapes to produce Spain’s prized sparkling wine, Cava, the Penedes region is part of Catalunya and sits just south of Barcelona. Medio Penedès is the most productive source of the Cava grapes, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. Penedes also grows Garnacha and Tempranillo for high quality reds and rosès. The name Penedès is not that of a town or village, but of a former administrative district in the coastal hills between Barcelona and Tarragona. The climate here is predictably Mediterranean, with warm summers, mild winters and moderate rainfall concentrated mostly in spring and autumn. Due to the complex topography of the coastal hills, however, there is notable climatic variation from site to site, allowing winemakers to generate a relatively wide range of wine styles.
Campo Viejo has a pleasant, powerful nose of ripe red berries. There is a round mouthfeel, with a lingering aftertaste. Balanced, fruity, and full of flavor. All of this means you can enjoy this cava as an aperitif or with dishes such as risottos, pasta, cheeses, sausages, white meat, and fish. You could also pair this with spicier meals and with dishes in a rich sauce.