Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia, Spain's “first growth” and most prestigious wine estate, is located in Ribera del DueroIt was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who arrived from Bordeaux with cuttings of local grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec) and planted them, together with Spain’s signature grape Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo) in the arid Ribera soils.

The winery begun building its formidable reputation after 1903 under the ownership of Antonio Herrero, winning a number of awards at home and overseas. The estate changed hands several more times before its acquisition by the current owners, the Álvarez family, in 1982.

The estate’s success is founded on its meticulous approach. In the vineyard it applies low yields, aided by green harvesting and painstaking selection at harvest. In the winery, wines are aged in any number of receptacles – using French and American, new and old oak, small barrels or huge vats – to engender further complexity. Despite prolonged barrel ageing, the fruit is never dried out or overly oaky – compelling evidence of the superb quality of its raw materials.

The Vega Sicilia range includes three cuvées: Único (literally translating as “unique”) is the flagship, followed by Único Reserva Especial (a multi-vintage blend) and their “entry-level” offering Valbuena 5° (an expression of Tinto Fino aged for five years, hence the “5°”). The top two wines are a blend of Tinto Fino with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot, depending on the vintage. They are both aged for approximately 10 years prior to release, normally spending six of those in barrel and three in bottle.

This illustrious property laid the founding stone for Ribera del Duero, which is now acknowledged to be one of the best wine regions in Spain.

Vega Sicilia has now built up a portfolio which includes Bodegas Alion (providing a more modern expression of Ribera del Duero),  Bodegas Pintia (in the emerging region  Toro), Macán (a partnership with Benjamin de Rothschild) and the Hungarian Tokaji estate, Oremus.

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2012 Valbuena 5°, Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2012
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2015 Valbuena 5°, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain (Limited Edition Signed Case)
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2008 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2008
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2008 Valbuena 5°, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2008
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2007 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2007
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2005 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2006 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2004 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2010 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2011 Valbuena 5°, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2009 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2010 Valbuena 5°, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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1999 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2000 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2017 Unico Reserva Especial (2003, 2004, 2006), Vega Sicilia
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Valbuena Vertical Collectors Case 2006-2011, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain (6 x 75cl)
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2013 Único Reserva Especial (1994, 1999, 2000), Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2018 Único Reserva Especial (2005, 2006, 2007), Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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1996 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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1996
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1998 Único, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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1998
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2014 Valbuena 5°, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain (Special Edition Signed case)
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2014
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2013 Valbuena 5°, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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2012 Unico Reserva Especial (1991, 1994, 1999), Vega Sicilia
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