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Prado de Irache

Special wine-growing area (Prado = meadow or grassland of Irache) in the municipality of Ayegui southwest of Pamplona near the small town of Estella in the northern Spanish region of Navarra. In 2008 it was classified as the highest Spanish wine quality level Vino de Pago. The vineyards cover 16 hectares. The red wine varieties Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mazuelo, Graciano, Cariñena and Garnacha Tinta are cultivated, as well as the white wine varieties Malvasía(Planta Nova), Chardonnay and Viura(Macabeo). The area is entirely owned by the great Bodegas Irache winery

This comprises a total of 150 hectares of vineyards, so the Vino-de-Pago area is only a relatively small part. It is the former vineyard of the adjacent Benedictine monastery "Monasterio de Santa María la Real de Irache", which is now closed. It is located on the Camino Francés of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago and was an important hostel for pilgrims in the Middle Ages. The winery still maintains the old custom of offering pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela wine from a "Fuente del Vino" (Wine Fountain). Every day 70 litres of wine are made available with the request for "economical enjoyment", but many pilgrims still go away empty-handed.

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