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In 1864, Eloy Lecanda founded the winery that symbolizes the golden legend of Spanish red wine, Bodegas Vega Sicilia. Throughout its long history, it has belonged to different owners, although it has always maintained an unquestionable personality, making concentrated, mature, generous and extremely elegant. The Spanish Vega Sicilia wineries are located in Valbuena de Duero, in the province of Valladolid, on an estate made up of a fertile plain that follows the course of the river. The river is the northern boundary of the 1,000 hectares of the property; the southern limit is set by the woods, which stand on the slopes leading to the plain. The estate has a plantation of 250 hectares of vineyard, which contains 80% of the tinto fino variety or tempranillo de la Ribera, and the rest is cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec. The soils are clayey-limestone, with brown-grey streaks and an alluvial area. The year 2000 saw the end of the renovation and modernisation process of the Bodegas Vega Sicilia winery. Bodegas Pintia is the new project that is to promote Vega Sicilia. The desire of the Álvarez family is to make the best Toro wine, a designation that gives wines body, exoticism, an explosion of aromas, and a modern personality and character. For this, since the harvest of 1997, 70 hectares of vineyard have been bought in different places within the Designation of Origin. After four years´ study of the concept of the wine, it is begun to be made in 2001 for commercial purposes. The strategy of this new winery is common to all those in the group: make wines with personality and high quality, which implies limited production of wine. Spanish Vega Sicilia is unquestionably a unique wine, and one of the great Spanish classics. Its personality not only comes from the maximum quality of the grape and the rigour involved in its manufacture, but also, and above all, from the care for detail that the Álvarez family has succeeded in transmitting to the wines. From a universal perspective, the peculiar characteristics of Vega Sicilia define it as a very Spanish wine and, in fact, it is one of the national wines that receives respect at the mention of its name. The Vega Sicilia wines enjoy a certain old but stately air, like period furniture; wines with great elegance, finesse, complexity and the ample capacity for maintaining their characteristics in the bottle for a long time. Bodegas Vega Sicilia Winery Address: Ctra n-122, KM 323, 47359 Valbuena de Duero Valladolid Tel: +34 983 680 147 Fax: +34 983 680 263 Email: vegasicilia@eulen.com www.vega-sicilia.com