The Alión story began in 1986, when the Álvarez family decided to create a winery which, with its own vineyards, was to produce a wine with a philosophy and an identity different and independent from that of Bodegas Vega Sicilia. Thus, the possibility of making the wine in the Vega Sicilia installations was discarded; the Álvarez did not wish to create a brand that might be considered as a second wine from the mythical name.
Before acquiring the installations the family bought land so that they could own their vineyards. In 1987, they acquired 25 hectares of vines in the locality of Padilla de Duero (Peñafiel), out of which 18 hectares were planted, at the beginning of 1988, with the tempranillo variety. Primarily, the intention was to have 100 hectares of vineyards, but the impossibility of acquiring land in optimum condition forced a change of opinion and the decision was taken to extend the vine-growing land area of Vega Sicilia. It was then decided to choose a company which, without being well-known, had proper winemaking facilities and installations.
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Bodegas Liceo, a company founded in 1990 and located in Peñafiel (Valladolid), had all the technological requirements sought by Vega Sicilia. After lengthy conversations, the Álvarez family acquired the winery on 5th November 1992.
Thus, Alión was born, a name laden with emotion, for it corresponded to the village of the province of León where the family patriarch, David Álvarez, was born.
1995 saw the appearance of the first Alión wine on the market amidst extraordinary expectation; not in vain, for it was the first novelty from the Vega Sicilia group in many decades, carefully meditated and shaped since 1986.
In fact, it was born before it had a place to rest. Foreseeing the imminent creation of the winery, 32,400 bottles of the 1991 harvest were produced in Bodegas Vega Sicilia, and presented four years later. A small quantity which was, however, sufficient to firmly demonstrate the solid nature of the wine which, with this first year, earned a place in the Top 100 list (the one hundred best wines of the year) of the influential North American magazine, Wine Spectator.
|Region Produced in||Padilla de Duero - Ribera del Duero|
|Made with||100% Tempranillo|
|Tasting Notes||Alión is a solid wine, and is the height of expression of the tinto fino grape ripened in the sun and intelligently made into wine. Its colour is concentrated, dark with a luminous and seductive edge, typical of its youth and seasoned by the wood. The aroma is unveiled with an intensity that is not very frequent in the wines from the Ribera del Duero designation of origin. It appears with hints of roast from the grape and top-quality wood. On the palate, the sweetened tannins of the concentrated black fruits blend with the dry creamy tannins of the French oak. It is full of flavor, strong, fleshy and unfolds a truly suggestive range of tastes.|
|Product Dimensions||31 x 7 x 7 cm|
|Storage Instructions||Storage away from direct light in a cool and dry place|
|Item model number||8436014252074|
|Manufacturer/Producer||Bodegas Vega Sicilia, S.A.|
|Country Produced in||Spain|
|1 Liter Proportion EUR||74.53|