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Vino de Pago

In 2003 in Spain newly introduced wine quality level for privileged areas corresponding to a DO (Vino de Pago) or DOCa classification (Vino de Pago Calificado). But these are still above and form the top of the quality pyramid. The term is a bit confusing, because these areas are often referred to as single layers, but this is not mandatory. The "Vino de Pago" is a land of edaphic character (soil-dependent, climatic vegetation). He must have his own microclimate that distinguishes him from his surroundings. The area must traditionally be known for producing special wine qualities. The name should have been used for at least five years as a name for special wines. The conditions for the Vino de Pago status must be set by each autonomous region of Spain itself. The bodega must make a formal application for this and for five years the required features climate. soil types. growth cycle etc. document.

A Vino de Pago area may not be the same size or larger than the district in which it is located. There must be a quality control system that at least meets the guidelines for a DOCa. If the entire area is within a DOCa, the term "Vino de Pago Calificado" may be used if the defined DOCa requirements are at least met. Derived from this rule, the area does not necessarily have to lie within a DO or DOCa area. A Vino de Pago area can also be made up of different, locally separated vineyards in one area. The individual sections do not have to be connected. But you should be near the winery. The wines must be developed separately from the others of the farm and the process of winemaking must be clearly traceable.

The quality level Vino de Pago may under no circumstances with the Spanish term Pago to be confused, which is actually the term Single Location equivalent. In Spain there are numerous single layers defined as Pago, but they are not classified as Vino de Pago (but could be) and under the name of the DO in question, such as for example Ribera del Duero be marketed. On the other hand, the Vino de Pagos are marketed as a separate area as a DO. They are by nature each in sole possession of a winery. When first became Dominio de Valdepusa already in June 2002 in La Mancha at the instigation of the already legendary during his lifetime Marqués de Griñón whose real name is Carlos Falcó and which was subsequently recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture only one year later. The legal endorsement by the EU then took place in April 2004. The 17 areas classified as Vinos de Pago are:

DESIGNATION

AREA / REGION

WINERY / OWNER

Campo de la GuardiaLa Mancha Bodegas Martúe
Dehesa del Carrizal La Mancha Marcial Gómez Sequeira
Dominio de Valdepusa La Mancha Marqués de Griñón
Finca BolandínNavarra Bodega Pago de Cirsus
Finca Élez La Mancha Bodegas Manuel Manzaneque
Finca TerrerazoRequena. Valencia Bodega Mustiguillo
Pago Ayléscariñena. Aragon Bodega Aylés
Pago Calzadilla La Mancha Pago Calzadilla
Pago Casa del Blanco La Mancha Joaquín Sánchez Garcia
Pago de Arínzano Navarra Julián Chivite
Pago de Chozas Carrascal Utiel-Requena, Valencia Bodega Chozas Carrascal
Pago de los Balagueses Utiel-Requena, Valencia Vegalfaro Viñedos y Bodegas
Pago de Otazu Navarra Bodega Otazu
Pago Florentino La Mancha Bodegas y Viñedos La Solana
Pago Guijoso La Mancha Bodegas y Viñedos Sánchez Muliterno
Prado de Irache Navarra Bodegas Irache
Vera de Estenas Utiel-Requena, Valencia Viñedos y Bodegas Vera de Estenas

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