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Pago de Carraovejas

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Pago de Carraovejas

Combining tradition and innovation, the Pago de Carraovejas winery produces some of the finest, most highly regarded wines in Ribera del Duero.

In 1982, José María Ruiz opened the "José María" restaurant in Segovia. Back in those days, the quality of the wines served in the Castilian inns was less than spectacultar. However, Mr. Ruiz had always been a firm believer in the potentiality of the Ribera del Duero region. So, since the day he opened his restaurant, he cherished the idea of creating the ideal wine to pair with the world-famous Spanish "cochinillo" (roast suckling pig).   

In 1987, Mr. Ruiz and a group of fellow winelovers bought a 60-hectare estate and founded the Pago de Carraovejas winery in Peñafiel, a town belonging to the province of Valladolid, at the heart of the Ribera del Duero.

Peñafiel is a place that enjoys near ideal conditions for growing grapes. There, Tinta Fina (aka Tempranillo) reigns supreme. Grown on trellises and drip-irrigated, the vines are located at an altitude of 750 metres above sea level and are planted on gentle hills oriented to the southwest. The soils are composed mainly of sand, limestone and rocks. 

Wanting to distinguish his products from the rest of the wines produced in the region, though, Mr. Ruiz decided to craft Pago de Carraovejas' wines not only from Tinta fina, but from a blend of Tinta Fina and Cabernet Sauvignon. Moreover, together with winemakers Tomás Postigo and Emilio Arranz they also pioneered the use of French oak barrels in the region. Finally, all their efforts came to a fruitful end in 1991, when the Pago de Carraovejas winery released its first vintage to great commercial success and critical acclaim.

Nowadays, the-state-of-the-art winery facility covers an area of 14,000 square meters. There, Pago de Carraovejas produces wines which express the Ribera del Duero terroir with unparalleled finesse. The jewels of the winery are Añejón and Cuesta de las Liebres, two grand crus in their own right and, arguably, two of the best wines produced in the whole of Spain.


  • Year of Inception: 1987
  • Address of Winery: Camino de Carraovejas, s/n
  • City: Peñafiel
  • Region: Valladolid
  • Postal Code: 47300
  • Country: España
  • Phone number: 34 983 878 020
  • www.pagodecarraovejas.com
  • Does this winery offer guided tours? Si
  • Does this winery offer tourist services?  No

Designation of Origin:

 Ribera del Duero

Grape varieties:

Tinto Fina Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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  1. Pago de Carraovejas Crianza 2017

    93
    Enterwine Score 93
    93
    Media rating 93

    Red wine from Ribera del Duero made from Tinta Fina, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels.

    €31.15
  2. Pago de Carraovejas Reserva 2014

    ñ 95
    Peñín Score 95
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    Enterwine Score 93
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    Media rating 94

    Red wine form Ribera del Duero, made from Tinta Fina, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and for 24 months in the bottle.

    €46.50
  3. Pago de Carraovejas Cuesta de las Liebres 2014

    P 93
    Parker Score 93
    ñ 95
    Peñín Score 95
    95
    Enterwine Score 95
    94
    Media rating 94
    Reserve red wine from Ribera del Duero. Tinta Fina aged for 24 months in oak barrels and for 12 months in the bottle.
    €155.00
  4. Pago de Carraovejas El Anejón 2009

    P 93
    Parker Score 93
    ñ 95
    Peñín Score 95
    93
    Enterwine Score 93
    94
    Media rating 94

    Crianza red wine from Ribera del Duero. Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot aged for 12 months in barrels for 24 months in the bottle.

    €75.00
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