Europe's Legendary Wineries : Spain

Vega Sicilia

The history of the winery started as far back as 1864, when Toribio Lecanda's son Eloy, purchased 18 000 shots of Cabernet-Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and for some obscure reasons Pinot Noir (found in Bordeaux at the time?) and decided to plant them on his father's property to produce Brandy and Ratafias.

The Liquor they produce was of great quality and in 1876, the Lecandas became the supplier to the Royal Family.

But as it will be the case many times in the History of the winery, Vega sicilia changed hands in the early 1900. After the acquisition of the Estate by the Herrero Family, Domingo Garramiola was put in charge of the wine making and decided to produce red wine in a Bordeaux style. Great care was taken in the vineyard and the winery, and in 1915, the hard work of Domingo gave Spain, two of the most highly regarded wines in Spain. Vega Sicilia Unico and Valbuena.

At first, the bottles were not sold, but given as gifts to upper class families, friends of the winery. This tradition started the Legend of spain's most exclusive wine, as they were not up for sale and therefore not everyone could have a bottle.

Barcelona 1929, Vega Sicilia received the highest recognition for their wines and the world discovered the great potential of this winery.

The winery changed hands several times until 1982, when current owner, David Alvarez, took over and gave the wine making responsibilities to Xavier Ausas.

The Vega Sicilia range includes 3 wines. Vega Sicilia Unico (unique) which is always of Gran Reserva quality. Reserva Especial, which is a non vintage wine of incredible characteristics. And finally, Valbueno 5, considered as the second wine of Vega Sicilia, always made in Reserva quality. The number 5 means the number of years the wine is aged before released.

Vega Sicilia did for sometime Valbueno 3, but phased out its production in 1988 to avoid confusion with the number 5.

The Finest years of Vega Sicilia Unico:
1962, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1998

Contact details:
Address: Carretera N122, Km 323, 47359
Valbuena de Duero
Telephone: +34 983 680 147
Fax: +34 983 680 263