Viñedos del Contino Dinner – Tues 18th September

We’re kicking off our winter tastings with a bang and are proud to present one of Rioja’s finest producers, Viñedos del Contino into our Bow lane cellar. Join us for a night of delicious food paired with an array of exceptional wines!

Viñedos del Contino holds a special place in the history of Rioja. When it was created as a joint venture between the historic CVNE winery and local grape growers in 1973, it became the very first Rioja ‘Chateau’; a winery producing wine from just the estate that surrounds it. In a region where the buying in of both grapes and wine, and the blending of wines from different areas are still standard practice, this was a revolutionary and courageous development. The key to Contino’s success lies in its unique position and microclimate. Situated on the north bank of the River Ebro, in Rioja Alavesa, the 62 hectare property forms a single slope culminating in the ‘Cerro de la Mesa’; a curiously incongruous hill that protects the vineyard from the north wind, and provides them with a near-perfect exposure.

Viñedos del Contino’s signature wine is its Reserva; from the start the decision was made to only produce premium wines, and Contino Reserva is the wine on which the estate’s reputation is founded. In the forty five years since Contino’s first vintage, more ground-breaking releases have followed; a spectacular Gran Reserva, produced only in magnums; Viña de Olivo; a wine produced from the oldest plot in the vineyard, and only in great vintages, and Contino Graciano; perhaps the greatest example of this rare and much-admired native grape variety. More recently Contino have added a varietal Garnacha, a remarkable Rioja Blanco, and Contino’s first Rosado to the range.
Planet of the Grapes are delighted that Carlos, from Viñedos del Contino is coming to Bow Lane to present a range of the estate’s wines, including some older vintages, all accompanied by a specially designed five course menu.
It promises to be a stunning night!


Salted cod & corn fritters. Parmesan cookies
Viña Real Rosado 2017

1st Course:
Paella in a ball
Contino Rioja Rosado 2016

2nd Course: 
Roasted cod fillet & beurre blanc
Contino Rioja Blanco 2015

3rd Course:
Grilled lamb leg, greens, anchovies & chilli dressing
Contino Rioja Reserva 2010
Contino Rioja Gran Reserva 2009 (from magnum)

4th Course:
Slow cooked welsh black beef brisket, potato gratin, caramelised carrots & green olive salsa
Contino Rioja Viña del Olivo 2010 (from magnum)

To finish:
Smoked manchego tart
Contino Rioja Graciano 2014

£100 per ticket
£540 for a table of six