Pago de Larrea

Region Rioja, Spain

Winemaker Luis Larrea

Luis grew up around wine and developed a deep understanding of winemaking throughout his life. His family once owned a small winery that grew into an empire creating mass produced wine. The family realized the magic had been lost and decided to sell in the 1990s. But soon, missing the art of true winemaking, they began a new project. Now, their winery feeds their souls. Today their obsession is with quality, not quantity. The name of the wine, Caecus, is Latin for Elciego, the town where the vineyards are located. The logo on the bottle is a sketch of the beautiful church towers visible from the vineyard. The vineyard lies on the Ebro River in the Rioja. Near the river the vineyard's soil is sandy. Limestone is concentrated in the upper part. This sub-region, Rioja Alta, lies in the bottom of a valley between two mountain ranges. The mountains protect the area from the turbulent weather on both sides.

Philosophy: Luis's philosophy is fairly simple. Organic farming, manual harvesting, simple winemaking, clean, delicious and traditional wines. What makes this winery stand apart from the other Riojanos? Alavesa wines provide a much higher acidity and freshness to the wines, at lower alcohol levels as well. Luis's Crianza is on par with most producers' Reservas. His unoaked Tempranillo, is an incredible pure expression of the grape. The Verderon is a great representation of a style that is unique to Rioja, American barrel fermented white wine. It is an incredible asset in the food pairing scene. The wines all overdeliver for the category they are competing in.

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Winery Data

Vineyard Size16 hectares

Total Winery Production10,000 cases

FarmingOrganic

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