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Vega Sicily

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 plain". It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lacanda y Chaves. He had gained practical experience in Bordeaux and began to build a Médoc-style vineyard near Valbuena on the banks of the Duero river. He planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which he had brought back from France, but soon discovered that the indigenous variety Tinta del País(Tempranillo variety) would produce equally excellent results if cared for properly. Barrique barrels brought from France were used for ageing.

In 1915, the Herrero family took over the winery and soon afterwards produced the main cuvée called "Unico" (unique) for the first time. In 1982 the winery was bought by the Alvárez Díaz family, who also own shares in the Hungarian Oremus winery. The red wine Unico is now one of the best and most expensive in Spain. Only the best grapes are used for it, 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 malolactic fermentation, also in wooden tanks, the wine rests for half a year. After a strict sensory quality control, only the best barrels are used as a basis for the further processing of the Unico.

In new French oak barrels produced in our own cooperage, the maturing process takes place in barriques that last up to two years. Afterwards the wine matures in old barrels made mainly of American oak for at least five years. Then the unfiltered wine is bottled and matures there for at least three more years. At the earliest after eleven years, it comes on the market and has an alcohol content of 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 is only released on 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", ferments in stainless steel and is aged for 11 to 14 months in occupied barriques and then at least 18 months in the bottle. It comes on the market "already" 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 its "big brother" Unico and matures up to 16 months in new French barriques. The winery is a member of the PFV (Primum Familiae Vini).

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