“Although it was founded eight years ago, Pagos del Moncayo works exclusively with fruit over 80 years of age. Having just made my first trip to Campo de Borja in January 2011, I can now see what makes that possible. It is a place that seemingly dropped off the planet nearly a century ago (after the vines were planted) and has seemingly only just been rediscovered in the past ten years. Here, old-vine Garnacha is King with bush vines that look like small trees planted on stony soil similar to, dare I say it, parts of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.” — Jay S. Miller, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, May 2011
Bodega Pagos del Moncayo is a young winery that works with old vines. Located in the foothills of the Sierra del Moncayo, in the heart of the Iberian mountain range, Pagos del Moncayo works only with vines over 80 years old.
The wines of Pago del Moncayo are special. Hand-made and character-rich, every step in the vineyard and winery is carried out to identify and express the personality of Campo de Borja’s terroir. Fruit is harvested by hand and stomped by foot. In addition to Garnacha, the region’s most prominent varietal, Syrah has found a unique expression here. With its long growing season, Garnacha benefits from the sun and heat that characterize this area. A sturdy grape, it can withstand the cierzo, a strong wind that blows through the Ebro Valley. Syrah shares many of Garnacha’s qualities; as in Côtes du Rhône, they partner well. Consider them ideal travelling companions
This is a winery that believes the most important decisions take place in the vineyard. Hand-harvested into small baskets to protect the fruit, only the healthiest and ripest bunches reach the winery. Partially destemmed, fruit ferments in open vats by native yeast, each vat holding the result of one day’s harvest. Following fermentation, grapes are crushed by foot then pressed manually. Minimal intervention occurs in the cellar, with natural maturation and stabilization occurring with the passage of time.