This is by far the most prestigious wine estate in Spain, with an almost mythical reputation for quality and rarity. The property is located 100 miles north of Madrid in the shallow Duero (Douro) river valley on the high remote plateau of Castilla y Leon. The altitude is over 700 meters creating a special climate; the cold nights and hot days during the crucial ripening period in September largely contribute to the uniqueness of Vega Sicilia. In a good vintage only about 20,000 cases of wine
are made and subsequently sold on a strict allocation basis. Demand in Spain alone well exceeds the total quantity available. First brought to the estate from Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe vineyards in 1864.