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Vino de Pago DO-how many, officially?

Can anyone confirm how many official Pago DO's there are right now? This site lists 14 but another site lists 15 and another lists 17. I have emailed Wines of Spain USA and have attempted to contact the Agricultural Ministry, but I am not having any luck...

  • Hey there. I dug into this when I visited Arinzano in Navarra for an article for The Somm Journal and should have posted my results here as well...

    Confusion surrounds the Vinos de Pago (VP) category in Spanish wine law, but with the help of Manuel Louzada (Arinzano)—and sifting through and translating Spanish documents—we clarified the main points. It seems that we have three bodies at work here.
    First, let’s acknowledge the Grandes Pagos de España as an independent assembly of wineries joining to market their wines together. The association has been instrumental in spreading the word about the importance of terroir in Spain, but it has no government affiliation.
    The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food stands as the chief governing body of all things pertaining to wine law. They decree that Vinos de Pago (VP) originate from a “place or rural site with particular soil characteristics and a microclimate that differentiates it and distinguishes it from others in its surroundings...and that over a five-year period they show comprehensive quality that at least meets the requirements of a DOCa,” in regards to viticulture and winemaking practices. The wines must be produced and bottled on the estate.
    The Spanish Council of Viticulture consults with The Spanish Ministry, which complicates our understanding of the system. The Council’s duties are: “to advise, inform and determine, when so requested, on any legal or regulatory provision which directly affect the Spanish wine industry,” among others. The Spanish Council demands a full workbook going back ten years for Vinos de Pago (VP) status. (Louzada’s submission was a 100 page hard-back book that looked like a textbook.) Once they bestow their approval, it must then be approved by The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. This is why there are still only 14 official Vinos de Pago (VP), although three more await official approval.
  • Thank you very much for the detailed reply - this was incredibly helpful!