The Chivite family can boast of having one the most ancient wine traditions in Spain: a mortgage document dated from 1647 records the existence of a winery and vineyards. As the leading brand in Navarra, Chivite has set a trend for the region's rosé (Gran Feudo), its work with foreign varieties and the vinification of Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains in the style of the greatest noble rot sweet wines. The latest years have not been easy with the passing of several family members and disputes over the management of the company.
Under the presidency of Julián Chivite, the eldest brother, the portfolio was completely restructured and segmented into two separate wineries. Bodegas Gran Feudo incorporates the commercial, large production wines from Navarra with labels such as the rosé and red Gran Feudo Viñas Viejas, as well as the Gran Feudo range from Rueda and Ribera del Duero.
The new J. Chivite Family Estates controls 160 hectares under vine and includes the premium range Colección 125 with labels such as the highly valued Chardonnay Fermentado en Barrica (51€), the red Reserva (20€) and the sweet Vendimia Tardía (30€). A barrel-fermented Rosado (20€) was later added to the portfolio. Legardeta-Finca de Villatuerta is the name of the new range made at the Granja Legardeta property. It lies next door to Señorío de Arínzano, an impressive estate with its own Pago appellation, which was owned by the Chivite family until very recently.
The Legardeta-Villatuerta range includes a barrel-fermented Chardonnay (13€), a Syrah (15€) and the red blend Selección de la Finca de Villatuerta (12€), made from Tempranillo and Merlot. Following the advice of French wine consultant Denis Dubordieu, the estate is trying to exploit the northern latitude of the Tierra Estella subarea, where it lies, in order to craft fresh, elegant, Atlantic wines. It is this estate philosophy that makes Finca Villatuerta a potential candidate for a Pago DO.