Vega Sicilia is problably the most famous Spanish wine estate, founded in 1864, near the town of Valladolid in the Ribera del Duero area.
The vineyard was planted by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves with grapes from the Bordeaux region, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Those grape varieties are still used today to produce the wines. By the end of the 19th century, the wine was referred to as Bodegas de Lecanda. The current name, Bodegas de Vega Sicilia is used since the early 1900’s.
Already in the 1920’s the wine won huge acclaim at international wine festivals, but the really great vintages came in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. Since 1982 (also the year when Ribera de Duero became a “Denominación de Origen / D.O.), the estate has been owned by the Alvarez family.