BODEGA PAGO DE LARREA

Elciego - D.O.RIOJA - SPAIN

A functional building dedicated to wine production

Built in 2003, surrounded by vineyards and located barely 500 metres from the town of Elciego, our winery is a functional building that houses the production, bottling and racking areas and the barrel cellar. A small winery that enables an exclusive production.

 

Our barrel cellar can store the roughly 200 barrels required in order to make our oak-aged wines.

We use barrels made from French and American oak, which have an average lifespan of five years.

 

In this video broadcast by Antena 3 during the 2007 harvest, Luis Javier Larrea, founder of Pago de Larrea, explains some of the secrets of the grape harvest and the process which takes place when the grapes enter the winery.

In Elciego, the grape harvest usually takes place around 12 October.

 

                

                

When the grapes reach the optimum level of ripeness, they are picked by hand, an initial selection being made on the vine. In the winery, the destalked grapes are fermented in stainless steel vats. The temperature is strictly controlled in order to conserve the fruity aromas. Once the desired colour and structure have been obtained, the next step is malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. Having undergone racking several times, the young wine is clarified and bottled in the month of March, whilst crianza wines remain in the barrel for another year before they are bottled.