Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero Wine Producers:

Pingus
Vega Sicilia Unico

Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero Wine Region Summary

While the northern Spanish region of Ribera del Duero has only risen to prominence as a quality wine region over the last few decades, the relatively recent discovery of a 66-metre mosaic of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, confirmed what locals had always known: wine making in the region has been part of Ribera del Duero’s culture for centuries.

Which may strike some as odd, given the area’s hostile terrain. A bleak, rocky landscape with high altitudes, a short and intense growing season and the constant threat of spring-time frosts creates something of a disconnect with the world-class wines the region produces. But Ribero del Duero owes its unlikely success to the vision of one man: Eloy Lecanda y Chaves.

Lecanda inherited a property – the now renowned Vega Sicillia – in 1864, and set about transforming its scrubby fields into an agricultural estate, importing the best vines from Bordeaux and using the most innovative wine-producing techniques available at the time. The wines he produced, aged for up to a decade in an odd assortment of barrels, have since acquired legendary status.

The estate changed hands several times, but such was its impact on the region that in 1982 Ribera del Duero became a denominación de origen, at the time home to just nine registered wineries – today there are over 200.

The region’s exceptional native grape, Tempranillo (known also as Tinto del Paid or Tinto Fino), has been instrumental in securing Ribero del Duero’s rise to fame. A superb 100% blend has consistently given Rioja a run for its money (Vega Sicillia produces a critically-acclaimed version – also Spain’s most expensive wine), while Alejandro Fernandez, founder of Pesquera, shook things up in the 1970s by blending Tempranillo with a little Cabernet Sauvignon. The result, a zesty and structured injection into an already fruity wine, has been lauded abundantly by renowned critic Robert Parker.

Ribera del Duero Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Unico 2017 Vega Sicilia Unico POA 12x75cl
Unico 2016 Vega Sicilia Unico POA 12x75cl
Unico 2015 Vega Sicilia Unico POA 12x75cl
Unico 2014 Vega Sicilia Unico POA 12x75cl
Unico 2013 Vega Sicilia Unico POA 12x75cl
Unico 2012 Vega Sicilia Unico POA 12x75cl
Unico 2011 Vega Sicilia Unico POA 12x75cl
Unico 2010 Vega Sicilia Unico POA 12x75cl
Unico 2009 Vega Sicilia Unico POA 12x75cl
Unico 2008 Vega Sicilia Unico £2,200.00 12x75cl
Unico 2007 Vega Sicilia Unico £2,400.00 12x75cl
Unico 2006 Vega Sicilia Unico £2,400.00 12x75cl
Unico 2006 Vega Sicilia Unico £640.00 3x75cl
Unico 2005 Vega Sicilia Unico £2,160.00 12x75cl
Unico 2004 Vega Sicilia Unico £2,420.00 12x75cl
Unico 2004 Vega Sicilia Unico £1,250.00 6x75cl
Unico 2004 Vega Sicilia Unico £605.00 3x75cl
Unico 2003 Vega Sicilia Unico £2,480.00 12x75cl
Unico 2002 Vega Sicilia Unico £3,000.00 12x75cl
Unico 2000 Vega Sicilia Unico £2,700.00 12x75cl
Unico 1999 Vega Sicilia Unico £2,600.00 12x75cl
Unico 1998 Vega Sicilia Unico £3,444.00 12x75cl
Unico 1996 Vega Sicilia Unico £4,180.00 12x75cl
Unico 1995 Vega Sicilia Unico £3,600.00 12x75cl
Unico 1994 Vega Sicilia Unico £4,036.00 12x75cl
Unico 1991 Vega Sicilia Unico £2,940.00 12x75cl
Unico 1990 Vega Sicilia Unico £3,900.00 12x75cl
Unico 1989 Vega Sicilia Unico £3,300.00 12x75cl
Unico 1986 Vega Sicilia Unico £4,584.00 12x75cl
Unico 1983 Vega Sicilia Unico £3,840.00 12x75cl
Unico 1982 Vega Sicilia Unico £4,740.00 12x75cl
Unico 1981 Vega Sicilia Unico £5,160.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2017 Pingus £7,836.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2016 Pingus £7,772.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2015 Pingus £7,962.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2014 Pingus £11,500.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2013 Pingus £5,900.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2012 Pingus £11,000.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2011 Pingus £5,700.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2010 Pingus £6,312.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2009 Pingus £6,000.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2008 Pingus £5,600.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2007 Pingus £5,850.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2006 Pingus £6,780.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2005 Pingus £7,400.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2004 Pingus £9,000.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2003 Pingus £4,800.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2002 Pingus £240.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2001 Pingus £5,500.00 12x75cl
Pingus 2000 Pingus £5,900.00 12x75cl
Pingus 1999 Pingus £5,400.00 12x75cl
Pingus 1998 Pingus £4,200.00 12x75cl
Pingus 1997 Pingus £4,800.00 12x75cl
Pingus 1996 Pingus £5,400.00 12x75cl
Pingus 1995 Pingus £9,000.00 12x75cl