Vega Sicilia is Spain’s most famous wine and competes with the greatest wines of France and Italy for pride of place in the Parthenon of the greatest wines in the world and is a must for collectors. Vega Sicilia is the most dialectical wine in the world, synthesising old and new, tradition and innovation. This fusion is possible through combining old vines, terroir and tradition with modern technology and international grape varieties. No other winery ages their wines quite like Vega Sicilia and few can match their vine age or terroir.

Vega Sicilia is the greatest wine from the Ribera del Duero and is Spain’s most exceptional and famous wine. The winery was founded in 1864 by Don Lecanda y Chaves, who planted Bordeaux grape varieties, which are still used today. Since 1982, when the Ribera Del Duero received Denominación de Origen (DO) status, the winery has been owned by the Alvarez family. The vineyards express the local terroir in its most exceptional form, with many vines older than 100 years and amazingly their signature wines, Reserva Especial and ‘Unico’ are harvested at less than one ton per acre. The estate has been run by world famous winemakers including Mariano Garcia and today’s Xavier Ausas.

Vega Sicilia make three wines, the Reserva Especial, ‘Unico’ and Valbuena 5°, each is different in style, expression of terroir and winemaking, each at different price points, all truly exceptional. They release all three of their wines at the same time each year.

The Reserva Especial is their most spectacular wine, a blend of vintages thereby embracing Spanish ageing tradition and grape varieties (80% Tempranillo combined with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon). It is made from their oldest vines, often 100 years old and blends three vintages, designed to be more than the sum of their parts and selected for the individual characteristics to achieve balance. The vintage name is taken from the year of release when the estate feels it is ready.

‘Unico’ is the flagship wine of Vega Sicilia. The blend combines Tempranillo with a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, thereby producing a true synthesis between Spain’s leading variety and the best of Bordeaux. The ‘Unico’ produces a meagre 6,000 cases a year which is still more than the Reserva Especial.

The Valbuena 5° takes its name from the village where it is produced. It is aged for less time than the ‘Unico’ or the Reserva Especial with the 5° designating the years it has been aged before release. The wine is made from younger vines, although their aggregate age would compete with most other leading wines. It has a similar blend to its older brother ‘Unico’ and the Valbuena 5° is best thought of as a younger sibling.

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