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Vega Sicilia

The winery is located in the west of the Spanish DO area Ribera del Duero, The name has nothing to do with Sicily, but is derived from Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of church music. Vega means "fertile level". It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lacanda y Chaves. He had practical experience in Bordeaux and started near Valbuena on the banks of the Duero a winery in Médoc Style. He planted the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot brought from France, but soon discovered that the local variety Tinta del País ( Tempranillo -Type) with appropriate care also brought excellent results. For the expansion were brought from France Barriques used.

In 1915 the Herrero family took over the estate and soon afterwards the main cuvée called "Unico" (unique) was produced for the first time. In 1982 the winery was bought by the Alvárez Díaz family, who also owned shares in the Hungarian winery Oremus has. The red wine Unico is now one of the best and most expensive in Spain. Only the best grapes are used, the fermentation takes place in wooden vats. The cuvée consists of the red varieties Tinta del País (at least 80%), Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec ( Cot ), Merlot and a small percentage of white Albillo, After that also took place in wooden tanks malolactic fermentation the wine rests for half a year. After a strict sensory quality check, only the best barrels are used as the basis for the further processing of the Unico.

In each new one in own cooperage Barrels aged up to two years are produced in French oak barrels. The wine then matures in old American oak barrels for at least five years. Then the unfiltered wine is bottled and aged there for at least three years. At the earliest after eleven years, he comes on the market and has one alcohol content up to 16% vol. Only in particularly good years is a "Unico Reserva Especial" produced, whose cuvée consists of two thirds Tinta del País, up to 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is blended from different vintages. This wine only comes onto the market after 14 to 15 years at the earliest and is considered "even better than the Unico". Older vintages are among the most expensive wines,

The second wine "Valbuena" fermented in stainless steel, The expansion takes 11 to 14 months in filled barriques and then at least 18 months in the bottle. It "comes" to the market after five years. In 1992 the nearby Alión winery was acquired. The approximately 50 hectares of vineyards are almost exclusively planted with Tinta del País. The red wine is similar to the "big brother" Unico and matures in new French barriques for up to 16 months. The company is a member of the family wineries association PFV (Primum Familiae Vini).

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