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Pago de Cirsus and Bodegas Zifar: The OGs of Spanish Wine

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The Ribera del Duero and Ribera Baja from Navarra regions of Spain are known for their world-class red wines. Two of the OGs of Spanish wine are Pago de Cirsus and Bodegas Zifar.

Pago de Cirsus is a Vino de Pago, which is the highest classification for Spanish wine. It's made from grapes grown in a single vineyard, and it's subject to strict quality standards. The grapes are grown at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level, and the soil is made up of clay and limestone, which provides the perfect conditions for growing Tempranillo grapes.

Pago de Cirsus wines are known for their elegance and complexity. They're made using traditional winemaking techniques, and they're aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months. The wines are released after they have spent several more months in bottle.

Pago de Cirsus wines have won numerous awards, and they're highly regarded by wine critics around the world. The wines are available in over 50 countries, and they're enjoyed by wine lovers of all levels of experience.

Bodegas Zifar is a winery located in the heart of the Ribera del Duero. The winery is surrounded by vineyards that are planted with Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes. Bodegas Zifar wines are made using traditional winemaking techniques, and they're aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months. The wines are released after they have spent several more months in bottle.

Bodegas Zifar wines have won numerous awards, and they're highly regarded by wine critics around the world. The wines are available in over 30 countries, and they're enjoyed by wine lovers of all levels of experience.

In 2014, the Gómez-Mangione family purchased both Pago de Cirsus and Bodegas Zifar. The family is committed to creating high-quality wines that are made with traditional winemaking techniques. The wines from both wineries are highly regarded by wine critics around the world, and they're enjoyed by wine lovers of all levels of experience.

What is a Vino de Pago?

A Vino de Pago is the highest classification for Spanish wine. It's like the Supreme Court of Spanish wine. Vino de Pago wines are made from grapes grown in a single vineyard, and they're subject to strict quality standards. The term "Pago" comes from the Latin word pagus, which means "country district".

To be classified as a Vino de Pago, a wine must meet the following criteria:

  • The grapes must be grown in a single vineyard.
  • The vineyard must be located in a specific geographical area that has been designated as a Vino de Pago.
  • The wine must be made from traditional Spanish grape varieties.
  • The wine must be made using traditional winemaking techniques.
  • The wine must be aged for a minimum of 12 months in oak barrels.

Vino de Pago wines are considered to be some of the highest quality wines in Spain. They're typically more expensive than other Spanish wines, but they're worth the price for their exceptional quality.

So, if you're looking for some of the best Spanish wines, look no further than Pago de Cirsus and Bodegas Zifar. These two wineries have been making some of the best wines in Spain for decades, and they're not showing any signs of slowing down.

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