One of the most recognized names in Ribera del Duero, Hacienda Monasterio is located a stone’s throw from Vega Sicilia in Valbuena de Duero. Needless to say, their vineyards are very well placed. Unlike many estates in the region, it has been a long-term resident and was founded in the 19th century by the Lecanda family who pioneered a new form of wine production in the area. What also makes this property unique is that its winemaker is no other than Peter Sisseck, owner and producer of nearby Pingus. When it first broke onto the international wine scene in the mid-1990s, Robert Parker called a “Spanish Pomerol”. Produced from extremely low yields (15-20 hl/ha) and from blends of organically grown Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot, their wines are known for dense, rich, ample palates with layers of fruit and spice.