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Prado de Irache

Special wine growing area (Prado = meadow or grassland of Irache) in the municipality Ayegui southwest of Pamplona near the Kleinsatdt Estella in the northern Spanish region Navarra, It became the highest Spanish wine quality level in 2008 Vino de Pago classified. The vineyards cover 16 hectares of vineyards. It will be the red wines Tempranillo. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. mazuelo. Graciano. cariñena and Garnacha Tinta, as well as the white varieties Malvasía ( Planta Nova ) Chardonnay and Viura ( Macabeo ) grown. The area is fully owned by the large winery Bodegas Irache.

This covers a total of 150 hectares of vineyards, the Vino de Pago area thus makes only a relatively small part. It is the former winery of the adjacent now closed Benedektinerklosters "Monasterio de Santa Maria la Real de Irache". It is located on the Camino Francés of the Way of St. James and was an important pilgrim hostel in the Middle Ages. The winery still cultivates the ancient custom practiced since then, to offer the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela a "Fuente del Vino" (wine fountain) wine. Every day, 70 liters of wine are made available with the request for "economical enjoyment", yet many pilgrims go out empty-handed.

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