Denomiacion de Origen (D.O.) Valdepeñas

The Valley of the Stones – Val de Peñas – is at the southern end of La Mancha, the enormous high plateau which is the world’s largest wine growing region. Landscapes there are dominated by vineyards, cereal crops, olive groves and sheep. In the town of the same name, Valdepeñas, everything still revolves around wine. The town is also the centre of the world-famous Manchego cheese.

An extreme continental climate with cold winters and long, hot summers and up to 2,800 hours of sun per year enables special wines to grow. In chalky, sandy and clay soils, it is mainly red wines such as Cencibel - better known as Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha – that grow. To a limited extent, there are also white wines such as Arién and Macabeo.

There Felix Solis produces wines for the lines Albali and Los Molinos, and the wines Diego de Almagro, Soldepeñas, Peñasol, Consigna, Marques de Bataneros and Sangria Peñasol. In Valdepeñas, Pagos del Rey produces the wines in the Valdepeñas line.

D.O. La Mancha

In recent years the growth rate in this wine region, the name of which stems from Arabic and means “land with no water”, has been amongst the best in Spain. The region covers four provinces and, at 190,000 hectares, is the largest grape and wine growing region in the world. Its key characteristics are its altitude of almost 700 metres, its limited rainfall and its extreme, continental climate with temperatures ranging from -15 °C to 45 °C. 3,000 hours of sun per year and a dry micro-climate produce healthy vines and excellent, sweet grapes.

In the chalk soils with red sediments, growing has traditionally focused on the local, white Airen vine variety, though recent years have seen a significant increase in Tempranillo and the
“improved varieties” Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
And the “Tinto del Pámpano Blanco” is only grown in the area around La Puebla. This vine variety was officially recognised a few years ago. There Felix Solís produces wines for the lines Consigna, Orquestra and Vitis Latum.

D.O. Ribera del Duero

This D.O. lies on the large, northern plateau of the Spanish peninsular. The region, with its 100 or more small villages, stretches for over 115 kms along the River Duero and is 35 kms wide. For centuries, vines have been the treasure in the region’s soil. They grown on the river bank and at altitudes of between 650-850m.

Scraggy, poor soils combined with cold winters and hot summers, storms and major fluctuations between night time and daytime temperatures result in the wines being clear and deeply fruity.

The red Tempranillo vine variety, which makes up 85% of the vine growing area and is known as Tinta del País here, thrives more than most. Compared with other regions, here the grapes are smaller and the skin is thicker, which make the must more concentrated. The red vine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha Tinta are also cultivated. The white Albillo variety, sold under the name of the region, is fairly rare. Pagos del Rey produces the wines in the Contado de Oriza range there.

D.O. Rueda

A broad, high plateau with infinite horizons – Rueda represents the classic image of Spain. Nestling between the red wine regions of Toro in the west and Ribera del Duero in the east is Spain’s most traditional white wine producing area. The tributaries of the River Duero, which forms its northern boundary, flow through the entire area.

Alluvial soils with gravel terraces along the Duero Valley and its confluents, and stony clay and sandy soils are the typical ground conditions. The vineyards can be found at an altitude of 700-800 m. The continental climate with Atlantic influences causes the grapes to ripen slowly and late. Large temperature variations of up to 25° C result in a delicious fruitiness and refreshing acid values.

The only white vine varieties permitted in the DO are Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, Viura and Palomino. To a limited extent, the typical red wines are found there too. Pagos del Rey produces the wines Blume Rueda and Blume Verdejo there.

D.O.C. Rioja

The epitome of Spanish wine regions and one of the main regions in Europe is, without a doubt, Rioja, a Denominación de Origen Calificada. It takes its name from the Rio Oja, a tributary of the Ebro, which flows from northern Spain to the Mediterranean. Rioja is the cradle of Spain’s quality system and of classification by the time spent ageing in the wood barrel.

An Atlantic-type climate prevails due to the Bay of Biscay. The moderate temperatures and regionally varied soil types such as chalk, clay and sandstone bring forth elegant wines. Traditionally, different red wines are blended to make the typical Rioja. A good red wine from Rioja is dry, dark red in colour, has the characteristic Tempranillo flavour, and is easy to drink.

The red varieties cultivated are Garnacha Tinta, Granciano and Mazelo. White Rioja grapes are Viura, Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca. Pagos del Rey produces the wines in the Arnegui, Marques des Altillo and El Circulo lines there.

D.O. Toro

In terms of quality, the region named after the eponymous town in the heart of Spain is the new kid on the block. The compact region on the banks of the River Duero has been successful at both national and international level in recent years.

The hot climate with over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, little rainfall and loose soils with a high sand or gravel content sometimes result in heavy, inky red wines with little acid. The main variety is the Tinto de Toro, a variation of Tempranillo. Garnacha Tinta, and the white varieties Malvasia and Verdejo. These four vine varieties are the only ones permitted in Toro. One feature of the region is that non-grafted vines cover over half the total area.

Pagos del Rey produces the wines in the Bajoz and Caño ranges there.