Contino was established in 1973 and was the first single estate or chateau in Rioja, where all the fruit for the wines comes from the 62 hectare estate surrounding the winery in Rioja Alavesa, north of the river Ebro. Contino has established a cult like following producing wines with a sense of place, elegance and longevity. The history of the property dates from the 16th century, and is reflected in its name. The “Contino” was the officer in charge of a guard corps of a hundred soldiers who protected the royal family "de contino” (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards.
The first vintage of Contino Gran Reserva was the 1996 vintage. The Gran Reserva 2014 is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, 10% Mazuelo, 5% Garnacha with all fruit coming from the estate, the wine is aged in French and American oak barrels for three years before blending and bottling and then aged in bottle for a further two years before release.