Pago de Carraovejas is one of my favorite Ribera del Duero wine makers. It is located in Peñafiel, a village full of medieval Castilian history, in the heart of this wine region. It makes superb wines thanks to passion for detail and the intelligent use of the best technology available. Carraovejas wines are sold at good prices, without using sophisticated marketing techniques or carrying trendy and misterious names, that sometimes evoke Asterix comics.

Pago de Carraovejas trustworthy wines have only been around since 1988 but have quickly become a big success, to the point that sometimes they are hard to find in shops or restaurants. The company Carraovejas belongs to José María, the owner of the restaurant in Segovia with his name that offers the best meat dishes in the Roman city.

I have learnt to love Carraovejas thanks to my wife and her brother, María and Josechu, the most exigent and developed Noses in the family. They know the Ribera del Duero region very well and they chose Pago de Carraovejas 2004 to celebrate last Christmas season in Galicia. The wine was very direct and smooth, of a beautiful cherry colour. We liked it so much that we even had it with fish and with seafood.