A Tour Through The Vineyards Of Navarra
Savoring the Great Wines & Gastronomy of Spain
Exploring the Wines of Navarra on the St. James Way
We recently had the pleasure of visiting three of the Kingdom of Navarra’s most lauded wineries, two honored with the prestigious D.O. de Pago classification.
What is a D.O. de Pago (Denominación de Origen)? It ‘s the very top classification a winery estate in Spain can achieve, similar to the French Gran Cru Classé. These Pago wineries can only produce their wines from grapes grown on the estate, wines can only be produced and aged on the estate, and the estate must have an international reputation for producing wines of the very highest quality. There are only ten D.O. de Pagos in the entire country, three of which can be found in Navarra.
Iberian Traveler made our first stop in the Tierra de Estella sub zone at the stunning and vast Señorío de Arínzano estate in the tiny village of Aberín on the ancient Camino de Santiago, the Pilgrimage Route to St. James. After passing through a dense poplar forest and crossing a bridge over the River Ega, we arrived at the 16th century defensive tower now used as the winery’s shop. We were given our V.I.P. tour by Sr. Federico de Salas, the winery’s Communications Director.
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