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Some wines from Alión

Definition Alión

Alión is one of Spain's greatest wines - a classic. This is the modern top estate of the owners of Vega Sicila (also in Ribera del Duero, some 10 kilometers away).

Alion is a juicy and solid wine, with a great aging potential.

Great wine indeed!

History Alión

A few years after the purchase of Vega Sicilia in 1982, the Álvarez family thought about creating a new estate where a different wine would be made, with a new philosophy – which excluded the use of the same winery. Creating a second wine at Vega Sicilia was not the idea.

In 1987, an estate with 25 hectares of vines was bought in Padilla de Duero; the following year, 18 more hectares were planted on it. This fell short of the initial objective (100 ha), but good vines are hard to find in the region, so the family decided to plant some more vines on the Vega Sicilia estate. There was room enough, since only 250 ha of the total 1,000 hectares are under vines.

Then the Álvarez went looking for a modern cellar in the vicinity. It was found some years ago in Peñafiel: Bodegas Liceo, a brand-new winery with all the equipment the family needed. On November 5th 1992, the deal was made, and Alión founded. Its name is a reminder of the origins of David Álvarez, born in Alión, in the province of León.

The first wine was sold in 1995: Alión 1991. Immediately, it was recognised as one of Spain’s best wines, nationwide and internationally.

In 2000, the bodega was modernised.

Today, Alión is iconic for both Ribera del Duero and Spanish wine in general. Year after year, it is a safe value to stock in your cellar.

This project illustrates the main principles of the Álvarez family: seriousness and righteousness.

Varieties

Alión only uses one grape variety: Tinto Fino. The same quality criteria as in Vega Sicilia apply here. Grapes are never harvested below 13° of potential alcohol, the yield is maintained very low, etc...

There is only one difference: the vines are much younger at Alión (between 25 and 30 years) than those of Valbuena and Unico.

Terroir

The whole area is clay and limestone, with some sandy soils and rocks of alluvial origin, which spread out from the estate to the banks of the Douro River.

The climate is continental with Atlantic influences. Rainfall is limited (never more than 500 mm per year) but the sunshine generous (2,200 hours per year).

The Douro River has a refreshing influence on the vineyard, bringing dew in the morning.

Winemaking

Harvesting is done by hand. Fermentation and maceration take place in big wooden vats, as in Vega Sicilia, where this technique is very well mastered.

According to the ripeness of the grapes, fermentation lasts for 8 to 20 days.

Once the alcoholic fermentations are over, the wine is kept in cool tanks until the month of January. Then it is transferred into French oak barrels. According to the vintage, it stays there between 14 to 20 months.

Alión - Spanish wines
Alión - Spanish wines
Alión - Spanish wines

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