Flavours of Spain

Bodegas Pago de Almaraes, Benal˙a


A small winery near Guadix, producing some very good wines


Established in 2001, the winery produces about 200,000 bottles a year. The vineyards are 900-1600m above sea level, growing mainly Merlot and Tempranillo grapes with some Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Grapes for the white wines are brought in.  The dry continental climate with a wide daily range of temperatures of up to 30˚C helps the grapes mature better and improves the flavour of the wines.  

Bodegas Pago de Almaraes, Benal˙a

Grapes are picked by hand and are refrigerated before pressing to improve the flavour. They are passed through a machine to separate the grapes from the stems before being placed in the large stainless steel presses.

Bodegas Pago de Almaraes,
                Benal˙a

Bodegas Pago de Almaraes, Benal˙a

After fermentation, the wine is aged in barrels which are stored in caves. American, French and Central European oak barrels are used, depending on the wine being produced. The temperature of 19-21˚ within the caves is optimal for aging.  The humidity is kept at 70% which reduces evaporation from the barrels. The length of time spent in the barrels and bottles depends on the wine being produced.

Bodegas Pago de Almaraes, Benal˙a

Bodegas Pago de Almaraes, Benal˙a

Bodegas Pago de Almaraes, Benal˙a

The winery produces four different red wines, three white wines and a rose wine. The tour also includes a sampling of three different wines. Measures are generous and cheese and ham nibbles are provided.

Bodegas Pago de Almaraes,
                Benal˙a

The winery is open Monday - Saturday 10-2 and 4.30-7

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