If you have ever dreamed of escaping to an elegant Spanish chateau in northern Spain wine country then please read further. During our recent visit to northern Spain we were fortunate to visit such a special place, Pago de Cirsus. From its position high on a hill over looking the Navarra wine region Pago de Cirsus is indeed a special treat.
Pago de Cirsus is located in D.O. Navarra wine region. This wine region covers the southern half of Navarra province. The vineyards extend from the Ebro River to the lower slopes of the Pyrenees. D.O. Navarra use to be known for its Rosado wines but this wine region has also become known for its red and white wines. The authorized red wines include Graciano, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with Garnacha, Merlot and Mazuelo permitted. The authorized white is Viura, with Chardonnay, Granacha Blanc, Malvasia and Moscatel Grano Mende permitted.
Relax, wine and dine at Pago de Cirsus
It is without doubt that Pago de Cirsus Hotel; a luxury hotel (D.O. Navarra) is a perfect wine country hotel for pampering. We were fortunate to spend the night at this amazing hotel, or should I say castle. During our stay we dined at the restaurant, toured the Pago de Cirsus winery and tasted wines with the winemaker. Some brief highlights from this visit included.
Dining at Pago de Cirsus
It was quite late in the evening when we arrived. It was not too late however, for dinner in the Senda de los Olivos Restaurant. Our dinner began with a Salmon appetizer and a Pago de Cirsus de Iñaki Núñez, Chardonnay 2011. The appetizer was followed by second and third courses, paired with a Pago de Cirsus de Iñaki Núñez, Selección De Familia 2007. Vegetarians in our group were provided vegetarian variations of these dishes. The final course, a cheese plate was paired with a Pago de Cirsus de Iñaki Núñez, Moscatel. Even at a late hour, it was an excellent dining experience and a great introduction to Pago de Cirsus Wines.
Pago de Cirsus’s Senda de los Olivos Restaurant not only offers excellent dining but you can view the winery's barrel room while dining. After a well needed rest the next morning we ate breakfast on the terrace, which over looks the beautiful Navarra countryside. Clearly both of the dining areas at Senda de los Olivos Restaurant offer inviting views.
Tasting Pago de Cirsus Wines
After we toured the winery we were treated to a special wine tasting lead by the winemaker. During our wine tasting we tasted four of Pago de Cirsus wines (two whites, a rosé and a red). The white wines included two Chardonnays. They were Pago de Cirsus de Iñaki Núñez, Chardonnay 2011 (oak aged) and Chardonnay 2012. My preference was the Chardonnay 2011, with some time in oak barrels. The Chardonnays were followed by a Pago de Cirsus de Iñaki Núñez, Rosé Gran Cuvée Especial. The red wine included was a Pago de Cirsus Iñaki Núñez, Cuvée Especial 2009 (Tempranillo, Merlot and Syrah).
Given the elegant accommodations, fine dining and great wines at Pago de Cirsus who could ask for more. The best of D.O. Navarro Wine Country can be found at Pago de Cirsus. We enjoyed being introduced to Pago de Cirsus fine wines. For reviews of Pago de Cirsus Iñaki Núñez wines see CellarTracker and Snooth. For hotel reviews see TripAdvisor.
Pago de Cirsus is part of the Araex Group of independent wineries that produce fine Spanish wines. Our Pago de Cirsus visit was included in a #dwcc13 press trip, sponsored by the Araex Group to northern Spain’s wine regions. I invite you to join me in my travels in Spain and elsewhere in search of the best in Spaswinefood. You may also visit my travel column at the Examiner.
© Sharon Parsons
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