Dehesa del Carrizal estate is placed in the middle of the Montes de Toledo, near the Cabañeros National Park, between Tajo and Guadiana basins.
Dehesa del Carrizal is a Vino de Pago, the highest category according to Spanish wine law. It is a DOP (Denominación de Origen Protegida – Protected Designation of Origin) reserved for those few wineries and vineyards which carry out the whole process –from the grape to the bottle– within the limits of the Pago or estate. The unique location, soil and climate are the key to obtaining exceptional wines.
According to the Vineyard and Wine Act 24/2003 of July 10th, a pago is “a rural site with particular edaphic and microclimate characteristics which differentiate it from its environment and where wines of singular features and qualities are obtained. Besides, the grape production, the winemaking and the bottling must take place within the pago strictly following the production rules stated by the specific ministerial decree for each pago”.
It defines the exact production process for each of the wines to be approved by the regional and the national authorities and finally by the European Union. Therefore, the pago has the same rank as the Consejo Regulador or regional governing body.