Pago de Carraovejas began life in 1988 in Peñafiel, right in the historic centre of the Ribera del Duero, and on the region’s most famous estate. Under the direction of Tomás Postigo (oenologist) and Emilio Arranz (head of viticulture), these 60 hectares of vineyards produced their first harvest in1991.
Planted at an altitude of 750 m, the estate extends over gentle, sweeping slopes, facing south-west and on well-drained soil (sandy, limy, stony and deep). The vines, 75% Tinta del País and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, are trained on trellises.
The best grapes are transported, destemmed and without being crushed, to the fermentation tanks, specially designed with a large diameter (flat-bottom) to enable greater contact with the skins and thus obtain a more efficient maceration. Furthermore, the winery has been planned so as to avoid using peristaltic pumps. There are 30 tanks holding 25,700 litres each and 3 with 6,500 litres. The ageing process takes place in French and American oak barrels, new and first fill, and the winery has a total production capacity of 500,000 litres. It is most definitely a hallmark of distinction, "Pago de Carraovejas", which distinguishes these wines from the rest of the denomination.