Campo Viejo has a long history that takes us back to the Roman Empire. However, it has been only in the last century that our name became synonymous with Rioja wines. From our first vintage – brewed in the former Ortigüela winery in 1959 – to the creation of the famous ‘Rioja Bottle’ in 1961 and the unveiling of our new state-of-the-art sustainable winery in 2001, we have been at the forefront of Rioja winemaking. We would like you to join us on a journey back in time to discover more about our vibrant past.
The Roman Empire
In Roman times, 4th legion soldiers who graduated with honours after achieving victories for the Empire were rewarded with a plot of land in Villar de Arnedo, which then became known as Campus Veteranus. This would later lead to the name Campo Viejo.
The Birth of The Brand
Beristain and Ortigüela at the site of the first vintage, where Jose Ortigüela founded a small winery in Rioja in 1959. Its name came as a reminder of the land in "El Villar de Arnedo" where he had spent his childhood: the "Campo Viejo". Jose's dream, which we share today, was to create quality Rioja that is perfect for enjoying with friends.
The Rioja bottle
In the early sixties, we launched the 'Rioja bottle' which would soon become synonymous with Rioja wines. Campo Viejo showed more faith in this icon than most other Rioja wineries, using it until the 1990’s.
Construction of our first winery begins
Work on a new winery, located on the outskirts of La Rioja's capital, Logroño, began in 1969. This gave us the opportunity to introduce techniques to guarantee standards for our wines and establish ourselves as the market leader in quality.
Campo Viejo changes the distribution of wine
We began bottling our wine and distributing it in stores throughout Spain to make wine more accessible. As a result, Campo Viejo became so popular that you could order 'un campito' in any bar during the 70’s to be served a glass of Campo Viejo.
Pioneers in wine storage
In 1973, a simple idea allowed us to store our bottles lying down in boxes - a system that ensures maximum quality for consumers by preventing any possible oxidation as the wine is in constant contact with the cork. This simple innovation made Campo Viejo the first brand to continue the aging process up until the moment of consumption.
Leading the way in international exports
Our investments in new vineyards in the best areas of La Rioja and our pioneer work exporting wines positioned us at the forefront of the Rioja industry by the mid-70’s.
After establishing ourselves as the leading Rioja brand, we began to gain recognition at the most important fairs worldwide. Our first major award was a gold medal at Vinexpo for our Gran Reserva 1978, which helped to put Rioja wines on the map.
Pioneer Rioja Winery To Assure Quality
Our commitment to quality led to us becoming ISO 9000 Quality Certified, which guarantees the quality of our practices and the products that reach consumers. We were one of the first Spanish wineries to achieve this accreditation.
Starting an innovative trend in Rioja
Construction started on our innovative new Winery, which features the latest in green winemaking technologies.
We Unveil our new Winery
Our new winery was built in record time, less than three years after we first broke ground. It was one of the first wineries designed to be environmentally friendly.
The first Spanish winery to Certify its carbon footprint
Campo Viejo Winery obtained AENOR certification for its carbon footprint in accordance with the ISO 14064 standard, which ensures confidence in the calculations used to measure it.
Campo Viejo becomes the first Carbon Neutral® certified winery in Spain.
This is a great acknowledgement of our long-standing commitment to sustainable development.
Bodegas Campo Viejo received the Vinum Nature Sustainable Action Award.
Yet another recognition of our dedication to environmentally friendly practices.
Rioja is Spain’s premier wine-growing region and the native home of Tempranillo grape. The area has a long tradition of winemaking that dates back to the Roman Empire.
This knowledge and experience have been handed down through generations of local winemakers, giving us the opportunity to enjoy the richness and diversity of the land and to continually produce unique, complex and refined wines.
To make the most of Rioja’s signature grape, we grow and harvest Tempranillo under three subtly different climates. The conditions in Rioja Alta are ideal and generate light flavours. The fruit that comes from the harsher environment in Rioja Alavesa brings about full-bodied flavours. On the other hand, the warm, dry atmosphere in Rioja Baja produces rich, deep flavours. When combined, they create the true taste of Rioja.
We have committed to the strictest of quality standards in order preserve these lands for future generations to enjoy. From the vine to the bottle, we adhere to sustainable winemaking practices. Our winery is also seamlessly integrated with the environment to minimise our impact all while allowing us to create vibrant, colourful wines that are a true expression of Rioja’s Tempranillo.
The dryer region of Rioja, close to Castilla.
The hottest region of Rioja with a more Mediterranean climate.
The windiest and wettest region of La Rioja. It shares the Atlantic climate of the northern coast of Spain.
The vibrant heart of Campo Viejo
Native to Rioja, Tempranillo is the region’s signature grape. Its name comes from the word “Temprano”, meaning ‘early’ in Spanish, because it ripens before Garnacha grape with which it is usually associated.
It’s also the region’s most widely grown grape with over 75% of the total planted area dedicated to it.
Our winemaker, Elena Adell, carefully cultivates the unique character of Tempranillo by combining the characteristics of three different climates – the light flavours from Rioja Alta, the full-bodied flavours from the harsher conditions of Rioja Alavesa and the deeper flavours from the warmer and drier region of Rioja Baja.
These are the attributes that allow us to capture the diversity and richness of the Tempranillo from Rioja in all of our red wines. From the deep, rich and full-bodied flavours of our Gran Reserva to the vibrancy and colour of our Tempranillo, our wines perfectly combine grapes grown across a variety of regions in Rioja to deliver the true taste of Tempranillo.
1959 The origins of Pernod Ricard Bodegas date back to more than half a century ago with the incorporation of 'Sociedad Anónima Vinícola del Norte (SAVIN)', which produced table wine.
1963 SAVIN merged with Unión Vinícola Guipuzcoana, a wine bottling and marketing company, to create 'S.A. Vinícola del Norte Savin, Ortigüela, Beristain y Cía.'
1964 The creation of the Campo Viejo brand, which soon became a true emblem of Rioja.
1967 Building began in Logroño on Bodegas Campo Viejo, a pioneer in making a great Rioja available to all consumers. The winery began operations a year later.
1989 The company was renamed Bodegas & Bebidas.
1994 The acquisition of Bodegas AGE, one of the historic wineries in the Rioja Designation of Origin which had been founded in 1881.
1998 Building began on Bodegas Ysios, designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava as a temple dedicated to wine. It opened in 2001, becoming the first signature winery in Rioja.
2000 The foundation of Bodegas Aura, where whites are made that are recognised by professionals as the most expressive in the D.O. Rueda.
2001 The opening of the new Campo Viejo winery, a masterpiece by the architect Ignacio Quemada which is buried more than 20 metres underground.
2005 The Pernod Ricard Group, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits, purchased the company and renamed it Domecq Bodegas.
2010 Since July 2010, Pernod Ricard Bodegas has been an active member of Pernod Ricard Winemakers, an entity within the Pernod Ricard Group that specialises in the production and worldwide distribution of top quality wines.