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Although at the beginning things were not easy, in the 1970s time finally proved the committed and determined young Alejandro Fernández right. After 10 years of hard work, the modest 16th century stone-built bodega planted the seed for what was to become one of the most prestigious bodegas in Spain. Nowadays, the result of such an extraordinary endeavour is appreciated worldwide.


The Tempranillo vineyards, the “queen of grapes”, the delicate variety so skilfully mastered by Alejandro, furnish the Castilian soils that are watered by the River Duero. The vines, which are always trained on low espalier trellises, "to better capture the heat from the ground" are factories of sensations and pleasures that are passed on to his wines. The vines grow in poor, well-drained soils, composed of sand and gravel over a limestone and clay subsoil, an ideal combination for rootstock. With the help of the wind, the rain and the sun the plants manufacture aromas and flavours beset with nuances, which they deftly amass in the grapes. From his 200 hectares of breathtaking vineyards, Alejandro makes wines in which the wood has great respect for the fruit. Over time, the wines become more complex and nuanced without losing their original character; a phenomenon that has made the name Tinto Pesquera synonymous with fine wine from Ribera del Duero.

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Harvesting takes place from August to October, when the vine leaves turn the colour of ochre after having passed their vitality on to the grape clusters. This signals that the time has come for human intervention in the bodega to carry on from where nature left off.


Pesquera wines are always made ​​from the whole fruit, after destemming. Temperature controlled fermentation lasts two to three weeks. Afterwards, and without clarifying, the grape pulp is directly transferred to an astute and subtle combination of French and American oak barrels that have been subject to various degrees of toasting. Where, in between frequent pump-overs, the wines are left to stand. Tinto Pesquera wines are aged in oak for 18 months while Reservas and Grandes Reservas are aged for no less than 24 months.

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  33 wines 

A complete Unico vertical from 1921 to 2008 with over 30 vintages.

4d 5h ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  31 wines 

The Finnish summer has not started yet - the sea is still cold (+14c) and it's raining every second day - but the colder the weather is, the better is the taste:)

Here are some summer wines I have tried between the showers.

3m 7d ago

 Sebastien Abric / Acker Merrall & Condit, Pro (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Some great Vega Sicilia Unicos from vintages 1921, 1924, 1936, 1942, 1946, 1951, 1962 etc.

8m 2d ago

 Morten Stomperud, Wine Collector (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Large Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico tasting with vintages 1921-2008

8m 25d ago

 Juha Kallioinen, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Vega Sicilia Unico-tasting with vintages like 1921, 1936, 1948, 1962 etc.

9m 9d ago

 Anton Panasenko / Best Sommelier of Russia 2003, Pro (Russia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  13 wines 

What a start of the evening! Even the single magnum of 1975 Winston Churchill already worth the whole trip to Helsinki!

10m 14d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  33 wines 

Bodegas Vega Sicilia belongs to the mythical wineries of the world. Located in the Ribera del Duero Denominacion de Origen in Valladolid, the winery was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves. Since 1982, the same year that the Ribera del Duero was granted Denominación de Origen status, the winery has been owned by the Álvarez family. When Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves first planted the vineyards of Vega Sicilia he included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Malbec in his plantings. Still today close to 40% of the vineyards are planted with traditional Bordeaux varieties, 25% with Cabernet Sauvignon alone. Many of Vega Sicilia's vineyards are planted with old vines, which are partially more than 100 years old. Unico are called the Gran Reserva wines, belonging to the most mythical wines in the world and made of approximately 80% Tempranillo and approximately 20% Cabernet-Sauvignon. The tasting at Helsinki on November 18, 2016, showed an eclectic choice of some of the finest vintages from 1921 till 2008.

10m 25d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  36 wines 

A superb Friday evening with several wine friends and over 30 vintages of Vega Sicilia Unico, starting from 1921 and ended with yet unreleased vintage 2008. 

11m 1d ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Hermitage La Chapelle 1978 / "Youthful colour. Deep bouquet of cedar, cassis, hrbs. On the palate a nice melange of eukalyptus, candied fruits, silky tannins. This bottle was extremely young and almost forbidding until it opened up."”

1y 5m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“10 wonderful days in Spain with Family. Here are some of the younger vintages I tasted during those slow and hot days.”

1y 9m ago

 Luciano Cesare, Wine Dealer (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  14 wines 

“Vega Sicilia Unico 2004 96 points / Good looking normal size bottle in a excellent condition. Colour is ruby red, and looking bright and deep. On the nose it is wide, complex, opulent, generous and pure. The taste is fresh, round, fragrant, focused, rich, full-bodied, with balanced and well-structured structure. On the palate it is layered and has earthy, leather, blackberry, mint, mineral, smoky, spice, tobacco and tropical fruits flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful and pure. This wine is sophisticated, transparent and excellent. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting.”

1y 10m ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodegas Tinto Pesquera . In a tasting of  9 wines 

“Torres Reserva Real is a minimal volume charity wine produced from a single vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. The grapes from the high altitude, llicorella soil vineyard of Santa Margarida d’Agulladolç have produced Reserva Real since 1997.

Beautiful deep dark red colour. The expansive nose is stylish and layered: graphite, wet concrete, spices, cassis and fragrant floral notes. Exceptional freshness, firmness and fruit intensity. Superbly well made and exiting wine that is starting to drink but will show its best between 2010-2015.”

1y 11m ago

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