Do you know what Pago means?

In the wine world, the denomination of origin Pago (own single wine denomination of origin) is the best recognition bestowed to a Spanish wine by the European Union, reflecting the difference in vineyard and quality in wine, meriting its own PDO.

 

What are the requirements to be “Pago”?

EU quality policies aim to protect the names of specific products to promote their unique characteristics, linked to their geographical origin as well as the traditional know-how.

 

 

Therefore:

 

✔Wineries must have their own landscape, with its own cultural, environmental, climatic and geographical characteristics, different from the surrounding environment, which in turn will provide a special quality.

 

✔100% of grapes come from that unique area, which go through strict quality controls. Wine made with grapes from other areas are not allowed.

 

✔All the stages of the production, making and bottling must be done internally within the estate and by the owners.

 

✔The quality system must be implemented and adhered to, so that the entire process is reviewed, from the vineyards to the sale made by the final customer.

 

✔The winery must have belonged previously to a Denomination Of Origin, maintaining that reputation for 10 years.

 

DOP La Jaraba

Vineyard

Pago de La Jaraba has a surface area of vines of approximately 80 hectares, of which the predominant varietal is Tempranillo, the rest being Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Graciano and Sauvignon Blanc. Located at a height of 756 meters above sea level.

An extensive study was made across all of the plots/soils of the estate in order to figure out the best areas in which to grow the different types of grapes.

Soils

Ancient tumbled river stones

The lands of La Jaraba were born in the Neocene, tertiary Pliocene, with a general appearance of sandstone and marl conglomerates. Underlying doline lined with clay/lime, sandy at times, is present; the existence of dune formations, currently fixed by low bushes and pine trees that surround the winery and vineyard.

Sandy soil

Clay soil

Climate

The privileged location of the vineyard, which is surrounded by 92 hectares of holm oak and pine forest, has its own microclimate. This, together with the naturally high level of minerals found in the soils of La Jaraba as an ancient sediment-filled river valley, affects the organoleptic characteristics the wine produced, making it full-bodied with elegant mineral and balsamic notes.