Founded in 1996 by husband and wife team Paco Rodero and Conchita Villa, they recovered an old vineyard which previously belonged to the village priests (the winery name means ‘land of the chaplains’). This and other vineyards in the area supplied grapes for their first Pago de los Capellanes wines. The original winery was built around a group of ancient walnut trees, forming a cloister where you never lose sight of the vineyard.
Located in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, Pago de los Capellanes is considered to be the more modern face of the region. Pago de los Capellanes was recently announced as one of the 100 top wineries in the world by Wine & Spirits magazine. In Ribera, elevation, low-yields and massive diurnal temperature shifts boost colour and tannins in the grapes, as well as helping to keep a very well balanced acidity. Soils are mostly composed of clay, gravel and sand, providing natural drainage for the vines and natural reserves of moisture and temperature.
Land is tended using traditional techniques and precision wine growing, customising the method employed in each plot in keeping with its diversity. Yields are typically around 5,000 kg/ha and production is capped to guarantee quality. Wines are aged in all French oak, 10 meters underground and bottled without clarifying or filtering.