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Wine Spectator: 40 Years Of Vega Sicilia

March 15, 2022

Difficult, expensive wine projects have exerted a lifelong gravitational pull on Pablo Álvarez Mezquíriz—one that has not weakened with time. Two years shy of his 70th birthday—the date he has promised to step down as chief executive officer of his Vega Sicilia Spanish wine empire—Álvarez just announced he is building a new winery in Galicia, named Deiva, with the goal of producing an iconic white wine.

“I have always wanted to create a world-class Spanish white, similar to a top Burgundy, and I believe the Albariño grape has that unique potential,” he told Wine Spectator on a recent visit to New York. So far, the company has invested €20 million ($22m), and the first cuvée will be released in 2025. It will take many vintages beyond that first release to achieve Burgundian-like finesse and complexity, he said, but he’s confident that eventually he will do just that. Wine Spectator has the full story.—Kristen Bieler

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