The Spanish Wine Law (“Ley 24/2003”) establishes a quality pyramid where the Pago clearly stands out from the traditional appellations of origin. In some aspects it is similar to the French ‘terroir’ concept. Pago; Specific rural estate of vineyards which embodies singular soil and microclimate characteristics which distinguish it from sites in the same region while contributing to the unique features and qualities of the wine.
3 HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT THE PAGO CONCEPT AND PAGO AYLESWe´ve wanted to become different;Each step given for the last 8 years were focused to reach the maximumlevel of quality and express truly and exactly the Pago Ayles “terroir”.Our wines are different ;The estate has clay and calcareous soil (perfect for the vineyard), and has avalley microclimate (cooler than the rest of the region). These results,combinated with an intelligent winemaking allow us make different wines.The Spanish Wine Law says that we are different;Since the vintage 2010, Pago Ayles was recognized like a "Vino de Pago"and we have the studies & analysis that certifies that our wines and “Finca”are different. Only 13 wineries owns the "Vino de Pago" Status.
The estate;The agro-food project of Pago Aylés began back in 1994 when theestate was bought by the current owner, who unified differentproperties that had belonged to the clergy and the nobility sincethe Middle Ages, this way, becoming one of the biggest privateowned estates in the Aragón region (north eastern Spain), with anextension of more than 3.100 hectares with all of the perimeterfenced.Aylés is not only a winery; it is a well defined territory wherenature and wine coexist in a very peculiar way. It is definitely aPago, with its own characteristics that differentiate and distinguishit from other surrounding estates. Thanks to the breeding andrestocking of native endangered species, the European Union hasincluded us in the Natura 2000 network as a Special ProtectionArea for Birds (ZEPA in Spanish). The Pago wine concept It is a concept similar to the French “Grand Cru”, the Italian “vigneti” or the German “gesetzlich geschützte Einzellage”, intended to indicate the quality potential of the Pago (both the vineyard and the “terroir”). After 7 years, since October 2010 we have been recognized as a PAGO WINE (“Vino de Pago”), as defined by the Spanish Vineyard and Wine Law (“Ley 24/2003”), becoming the first winery in Aragón to have this title and one of the 10 wineries that in Spain possesses this exclusive Designation of Origin granted only to the wineries with the highest level of quality excellence. In the Spanish wine quality pyramid, the Pago stands as the top tier with respect to other Designations of Origin. As such, they must comply with strict requirements relating to the process of production, processing and bottling such as: For the production of a Pago wine, only grapes coming from the Pago may be used. •Production, storage and aging of these wines should be made separately from other wines. •A comprehensive quality system must be applied from the production stage, until the marketing of the wines
Our VineyardNurturing the vine is much more than a mereproduction process: All the plans, projects andactivities of the winery aim to integrate in itswines, a blend of traditional cultural practice, thelandscape, the flora and fauna that shape theselands giving fruition to such excellent and originalwines. In addition to the centuries-old vineyardsthat existed in the farm, since 1994 Tempranilloand Garnacha native grape varieties to our regionhave been planted to sit alongside theinternational varieties Cabernet – Sauvignon ,Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot, the later were thefirst of this variety to be planted in this area. Highlights The Aylés brand is very well positioned thanks to the prestigious awards we have been granted during the past years and to the excellent references made in national and international media by recognized prescribers.
Our Pago WinesThe “Pago” wines will be launched gradually during thenext coming years. We will be innovating in the market,producing Spain’s first young red Pago wine, startingwith the “a” from Aylés in the second semester 2011. Itis a red ‘coupage’ wine 2010 vintage with a blend of:35% Merlot, 35% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 15%Cabernet-Sauvignon.These wines are initially targeted (but not exclusively),to the on-trade market.“a” from Pago Aylés: Red ‘coupage’“y” from Pago Aylés: Red ‘barrique“l” from Pago Aylés: ‘Rosé’ wine“é” from Pago Aylés: wine available from 2013.“s” from Pago Aylés: Wine available from 2013. Our D.O.P. Wines These wines are initially targeted (but not exclusively), to the on-trade market. ALDEYA is an ancient loanword from the Arabic Al-day’ah (The village). The first references to the primitive Aldeya de Aylés date back to the XIIth century, when this scarcely populated rural settlement, was reconquered for the Christians by Alfonso I de Aragón - “The Battler”.