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Pago de Carraovejas 2021

Pago de Carraovejas

A genuine icon among Ribera del Duero wines


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti15.0%
Production800,000 bottles

The wine

The Pago de Carraovejas is a genuine icon among Ribera del Duero wines, it's the only way to explain why it runs out every year, a few months after being released onto the market. Its faithful fans eagerly await the new vintage, delighted by its now classic lactic volume and its immense fruit expression.



What does this wine taste like?

A distinguished wine that appears a lovely purple colour with attractive tears. Aromas of red fruits, spices, liquorice, blue flowers and woodland hints define its nose, whilst on the palate there's an assertive lactic element, with creamy toast and very fine, silky-textured tannins. A flavoursome wine, juicy and very well-balanced, with well-judged acidity and a persistent finish in which the hints of ripe fruit and the oak's toasty notes blend together nicely.

Purplish red / Purple rim
Ripe black fruit / Lactic notes / Balsamic aromas / Sweet spices
Elegant / Structured / Profound / deep

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Red meat
Cured cheeses
Poultry and white meats

Iberian pork secreto / Cured Manchego cheese / Lamb ribs

Ratings and awards

202093 PK
201993 PN91 SK
201892+ PK93 PN90 SK
201791 PK93 PN92 SK
201692 PK93 PN93 SK
201592 PK94 PN91 SK
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The 2020 Pago de Carraovejas was produced with a blend of 92% Tinto Fino (a.k.a. Tempranillo), 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot. 2020 was a good vintage for them. They harvested earlier (but the wine still has 15% alcohol), all in small boxes and 3,000-kilogram containers, and they are also using 600-liter oak barrels and oak vats for the élevage. It has an expressive nose of ripe berries, sweet spices and some toast and is lush and creamy, with a soft texture. It's powerful in the house style, but there's balance and harmony. They produced some 800,000 bottles.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 93 PARKER

Very ripe fruit, lots of sweet toast and creaminess on the nose. Not particularly concentrated but very drinkable and well delineated, rounded texture and juicy integrated tannins. Quite hedonistic palate with a spiced and sweet aftertaste.

— Ferran Centelles (14/08/2015) Vintage 2012 - 16.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

134 reviews


The harvest is carried out manually using small crates, and the grapes are taken to a cold-storage room to be transferred later by gravity to the fermentation tanks, French oak vats and some small stainless steel tanks; the using of native yeasts will enable maximum expression of the terroir's characteristics and the singularity of each vintage. Again conveyed by gravity, the wine is transferred to American and French oak barrels, in which it will be matured for a year. Clarified with natural egg white and bottled by gravity with a select natural cork stopper, the now finished Pago de Carraovejas will continue to rest for a few more months in cellar before reaching the market.

Vinification materialStainless steel / Wood
Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageNew and sused
Type of woodFrench and American oak


Its grapes grow on vines rooted in soils that combine limestone with red clay and white marl.

Vine age30 years
SoilSandy loam / Clay / Marl

The winery

Bodega Pago de Carraovejas

Bodega Pago de Carraovejas

In spite of its short lifespan so far, Pago de Carraovejas is one of the benchmark wineries in the Ribera del Duero. The project which sought to turn a dream into reality has culminated in red wines which feature among the most sought-after in the whole of Spain and figure on the menus of the most renowned restaurants in the entire world.


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