Pago del Vicario is integrated into the prestigious club of high-altitude wines, leading the European continent. It greatly surpasses the 1,368 meters high of Barranco Oscuro, in Contraviesa-Alpujarra and the 1,150 meters of the Swiss Visperterminen, which is made with the Haida native grape, in the Valais area, at the very base of the Swiss Alps. Nonetheless, it should be mentioned that the insular Europe has about 100 hectares of the Denomination of Origin Abona, between the towns of Vilaflor and Granadilla surpassing 1,500 meters and getting even close to 1,600 meters, plots of white Listán grape that are suffering the effects of the drought in the last years.
The land has 25 hectares of fruit trees such as almonds, walnuts and cherry trees and 28 hectares of forest where pine trees abound.
The soils are characterised by a clay-loam texture, with phyllite stone or launa (purple tonality). In general, such soils are very poor and basic and scarcely fertile soils, which receive an average rainfall that ranges between 600 and 650 liters per year, even though much water is lost through filtration.
Due to its proximity to the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, the climate is quite
cool. During the summer, it oscillates between 15 degrees at night and 28-30 degrees at noon, while in winter temperature ranges are between a maximum of 8-10 degrees and minimums of 2-6 degrees below zero, with snowfalls taking place, at least, about 15 days. Indeed, in cold years, low temperatures cause the snow to last longer, covering soils for about three months.
The average harvest amounts to 5,000 kilos per hectare in vineyards aging a minimum of 15 years.