Landing at Galicia


In 2019, and after the birth of Alma Carraovejas, we arrived at the DO Ribeiro with Viña Meín-Emilio Rojo. Since 1988, the Viña Meín and Emilio Rojo estates have strived to express the origin and terroir of one of the more prolific winemaking areas in Spain – The Avia Valley – whose viticulture heritage dates back to the 11th Century when the San Clodio Monastery transformed the area into the heart of wine production in Ribeiro.

Two emblematic projects that consolidate the philosophy of Alma Carraovejas; promoting the culture of wine and wine as a culture, ensuring wine heritage and promoting high impact innovative initiatives.

Fuentenebro, new project at Ribera del Duero


Although just recently launched in 2018, the ancestral vineyards of Milsetentayseis are rooted in history and an integral part of the Alma Carraovejas commitment to revitalize regions deeply-steeped in viticulture tradition.

Our objective is to restore the centenary vines that once thrived here to produce unique wines that capture the essence of this extreme environment and to ensure its legacy is not forgotten, rather enjoyed for generations to come. At 1,076 meters above sea-level – the highest vineyard in the Ribera del Duero and to which the
vineyard owes its name – this project is defined by its most differentiating characteristic: its altitude.

Opening of Ambivium


35 years later, Ambivium, the restaurant of Pago de Carraovejas, opened its doors with the same illusion that inspired José María Ruiz and that his son, Pedro Ruiz Aragoneses, carries on in the management.

Housed within the facilities of Pago de Carraovejas, the Ambivium Restaurant was created to respond to the need for a different space with creative and innovative cuisine and as a complement to the wine tourism offer of the winery.

The arrival of Ossian


In 2013, the Ruiz Aragoneses family acquired 100% of Ossian Vides y Vinos. A unique project that includes the experience of five centuries of winemaking tradition.

We feel, however, that we have barely taken the first steps on a learning path aimed at giving even greater value to the richness of an exceptional heritage. A heritage in the form of vineyards that, like sculptures, stand firm and hieratic in a terrain predestined to endure.

 Pedro Ruiz


In 2007, Pedro Ruiz Aragoneses, son of José María Ruiz, returned to the family business to take over the General Management of Pago de Carraovejas.

The progress that Pago de Carraovejas has seen in the last ten years shows its leadership potential and sense of strategy. Their positive data goes hand in hand with new recognitions, such as being identified twice as a case study of success by the IE Business School (the first company in Castilla y León), and as one of the best 100 wineries in the world by the prestigious magazine Wine & Spirits. In addition, Pago de Carraovejas was chosen as “Best Winery of the Year” in 2015 by the guide Vivir el Vino, a publication that also awarded Capitel 2014 as “Best Crianza White Wine”.

 First vintage


The first vintage of Pago de Carraovejas was in 1991, from the barely 70,000 kilos of grapes grown on the 25 first hectares under production.

In the following years, the vines and winery expanded in successive extensions through a continuous but steady and careful process of growth, always governed by the principle of not losing one iota of quality. They now currently cover an area of 230 hectares.

The start of everything


Restaurante José María Restaurant was born in Segovia in 1982, transforming the concept of the wines that were served in Castilian inns. Eliminating the traditional jug to give rise to bottled wine, ensuring the correct temperature and serving of the wines.

In 1987, José María Ruiz led the project to create a winery in a good area of red wines together with a group of wine lovers from Segovia. The place they decided on was the slopes of Carraovejas, in Peñafiel.

The start of a dream 


José María Ruiz, founder of Pago de Carraovejas, represents Spain in the ‘First World Sommelier Contest’, held in Milan. The wine culture in Spain did not enjoy the prestige of today but José María Ruiz, along with the other Spanish representative, “Pedraza”, are awarded a creditable 5th place from more than 60 countries.

That experience was the beginning of the fermentation of certain ideas: His desire to launch his own restaurant, along with his own piglets and his own wine. The development of the wine culture in other countries and the importance given to wines in other places, led José María to train and learn in depth the process of wine making and tasting.

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Our philosophy, culture and values are the reflection of a way ofunderstanding terroir. We seek constant improvement, to achieve the highest quality through innovation, efficiency and professionalism.