Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (CVNE) is venturing outside its home of Rioja for the first time by adding a Cava producer to its portfolio.

The company has acquired Cava DO producer Roger Goulart and the wines from the Catalonia-based winery will now join others in the CVNE portfolio, including Cune, Imperial, Vina Real and Contino.

Hatch Mansfield will distribute the Roger Goulart Gran Cuvee Gran Reserva 2011 in the UK from April this year, priced at £20.15 and targeting independent retail and regional wholesalers.

The winery was founded in 1882 by the Canal family and it is located in Sant Esteve Sesrovires. It only produces Cavas and was one of the first wineries to produce traditional method sparkling wine, using the local Xarel.lo grape varieties. The wines are made for ageing and the producer does so in its own underground cellars.

Victor Urrutia, ceo of CVNA, said: “We are very excited about this addition to our portfolio. We have been looking at wineries outside of Rioja for a while and are thrilled to announced that Roger Goulart will join our portfolio. We plan to keep the historical and cultural legacy of the winery alive.”

CVNE is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja and it remains firmly in family control. The company was founded by brothers, Eusebio and Raimondo Real de Asua, in Haro, Rioja in 1879. It now has two other wineries in the Rioja Alavesa sub-region, namely Vina real and Vinedos del Contino.