Bodegas Príncipe de Viana was created in 1983 as a banner project of Caja Rural de Navarra, an agricultural lending institution founded to provide financial assistance for the sustainable development of Navarra’s important farming sector. Reflecting wine’s nobility among agricultural products, the project takes its name from a historic Navarran title of Spanish royal succession dating to 1423.
1200 acres of old vines are managed under the contract throughout the region. In 2003, over one thousand additional acres of the estate vineyards were established on a rolling chalky-stone plateau at the confluence of the Aragon and Ebro Rivers. Primary grape varieties, sustainably grown, are Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Graciano and Garnacha. Soils are mainly chalky clay and alluvial deposit, the climate an intermittent interplay of Atlantic, Mediterranean and Continental. Persistent ‘Cierzo’ winds responsible for the adjacent Bardenas Natural Park effectively minimize plant disease.