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Prado de Irache

Special wine-growing area (Prado = meadow or grassland by Irache) in the municipality of Ayegui southwest of Pamplona near the Kleinsatdt Estella in the northern Spanish region Navarra, It was named the highest Spanish wine quality level in 2008 Vino de Pago classified. The vineyards cover 16 hectares of vineyards. It will be the red wine varieties 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, so the Vino-de-Pago area only makes up a relatively small part. It is the former winery of the adjacent now closed Benedektinerklosters "Monastery of Santa Maria la Real de Irache". It is located on the Camino Francés des Jakobsweg and was an important pilgrim hostel in the Middle Ages. The winery still maintains the old custom of offering pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela wine from a "Fuente del Vino" (wine fountain). 70 liters of wine are made available every day with the request for "economical enjoyment", but many pilgrims are left empty-handed.

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