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 sets 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.
In 2017, Chivite was bought by Catalan group Perelada, but Julián Chivite, the eldest brother, has remained at the helm. Under his management, the portfolio was completely restructured and segmented into three separate wineries. Bodegas Gran Feudo incorporates the commercial, large production arm from Navarra with wines such as the rosé and red Gran Feudo Viñas Viejas, as well as the Baluarte range from Rueda and Ribera del Duero.
J. Chivite Family Estates controls 160 hectares under vine and includes the premium range Colección 125 with such 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. Launched in the late 2000s, the range Finca de Villatuerta comes from a vineyard with the same name. It lies next door to the impressive Señorío de Arínzano estate that the family sold in 2015.
The Villatuerta range includes a barrel-fermented Chardonnay (€13), a Syrah (€15) and Selección de la Finca de Villatuerta (€12), which blends Tempranillo and Merlot. Following the advice of the late French wine consultant Denis Dubordieu —and now his daughter’s— the estate tries to exploit the northern latitude of the Tierra Estella subarea where it lies to craft fresh, elegant, Atlantic wines.
Recent new releases include the pale rosé Las Fincas (€9.5 in Spain), a partnership with San Sebastian’s chef Juan Mari Arzak (3 Michelin stars), and Garnacha Las Fieles (€11).