Pago de Carraovejas, one of the 100 best vineyards in the world
Pago de Carraovejas is included in the list of the 100 Best Wine Vineyards in the World drawn up by the publication entitled “World´s Best Vineyards” that highlights the unique nature of its wines, its commitment to precision wine-making and its search for sustainability.
With the focus on the vineyard as the origin of a wine’s character and emotion, the World’s Best Vineyards publication drew up a list to identify the 100 Best Wine Vineyards in the World following numerous criteria including the use of viticulture methods that respect the environment, the beauty of the landscapes, preserving the biodiversity of the land and concern for sustainability.
This classification, that features different wine-producing areas in the old and new world, classified Pago de Carraovejas in 81st position. The landscape in the Carraovejas estate is included together with other prestigious wine cellars in a list topped by the estate of Zuccardi Valle de Uco in Mendoza, Argentina. The list also includes another six Spanish wine cellars: Marqués de Riscal, Tío Pepe, Familia Torres, Abadía Retuerta, Bodegas Tradición and Marqués de Murrieta.
“The estate and its care have always been a priority for us because we understand that these unique vineyards are a legacy that it is our duty to preserve for future generations. We are extremely proud of this acknowledgement and it encourages us to continue working on improving our estate”, Pedro Ruiz commented.
Pago de Carraovejas has always been especially concerned about the condition of its vines and biodiversity within the estate, with the ecological management of the vineyard and the implementation of digital transformation in the field with a view to a more precise understanding of the status of the vineyard and taking better decisions. With regard to the search for excellence in the health of the vines, the viticulture team has been working for more than three years with Simonit & Sirch, the “master pruners”, with the aim of increasing the longevity of the vines, avoiding wood diseases naturally and creating a vineyard that is healthy, balanced and capable of transcending time and generations.
In line with its environmental care policy, Pago de Carraovejas has recently been granted the WfCP+ emblem, a new level of excellence within the Wineries for Climate Protection certification, the first and only specific distinction for the wine sector with regard to sustainability.
In recognition for this firm commitment to sustainability, Pago de Carraovejas was awarded a new certificate of excellence entitled Wineries for Climate Protection with the award of the plus level, WfCP+; this makes us, together with Bodegas Torres, one of only two wine cellars internationally to be given this new category for the respected certificate.
Wineries for Climate Protection certification is the first and only specific distinction for the wine sector with regard to sustainability. It was created in 2011 by the Spanish Federation of wine (FEV in Spanish). with the aim of combining efforts in the care of the environment with actions on four essential axes: a reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions, water management (GGE), water management, a reduction in waste and energy efficiency and renewable energy.
As this certification has progressed a new plus category has been created (WfCP+). ‘Spanish Wineries for Emission Reduction’ is a category that is more demanding in the reduction of green-house gas emissions. The use of more than 32% of renewable and self-generated energy and a reduction of 19% in the last year in its carbon footprint are just some of the reasons for awarding Pago de Carraovejas this new category. To reach this level, WfCP+ also requires a plan to reduce the carbon footprint in the medium term by 35% by 2030. The wine cellar has already met the objective since it had already reduced the level by 34% when the latest measurement was certified.
Both obtaining this new WfCP plus category and the positive data recorded respond to the commitment of Pago de Carraovejas to sustainability and care of the environment, a responsibility which is extended to all the wine cellars within Alma Carraovejas.