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Hacienda Monasterio

Hacienda Monasterio has a special place in our hearts and cellars. Having remained at the vanguard of the evolution of […]

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Hacienda Monasterio

Hacienda Monasterio has a special place in our hearts and cellars. Having remained at the vanguard of the evolution of the DO of Ribera del Duero since the property’s founding in 1991, Hacienda Monasterio continues to innovate and seek new ways to make wines that embody the region’s potential for power combined with elegance and finesse. Guiding this evolution is Peter Sisseck, who joined the estate shortly after its inception in the early 1990s. While he has pushed the envelope in the DO with his own wine Pingus, he’s remained at the helm of Hacienda Monasterio: overseeing the purchase and planting of new vineyards, grafting over existing vines to the local Tempranillo, Tinto Fino, and incrementally improving vinifications by championing native fermentations, experimenting with whole clusters and employing larger 500L French oak barrels for aging.

The results of these changes are evident in the wines. While retaining the complex aromatics that are a signature of this terroir – think orange peel and black olive tapenade, recent vintages have shown ever more elegance and precision. As a result, wines that were once reticent and rewarding after some time in the cellar are immediately accessible and engaging upon release. Marking the changes at Hacienda Monasterio, Luis Gutiérrez noted in the Wine Advocate, “I tasted three breathtaking wines, starting with the 2011 Crianza, which is, year in, year out, one of the best Crianzas from Ribera del Duero.” It is a testament to the terroir of Hacienda Monasterio that throughout the evolution towards a more elegant style of winemaking, it still retains all of its power and intensity, deepened and enriched by greater finesse and complexity.”

All the wines at Hacienda Monasterio are based on Tempranillo. The Reservas are blended with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon followed by aging in 500 L French oak barrels for 20 months. The Cosecha, in addition to Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, includes small percentages of Merlot and Malbec. It is aged for at least 12 months (more frequently, closer to 18 months) in neutral French oak barrels.

The trend in the cellar towards larger barrels and a decrease in the quantity of new oak is matched by a change in winemaking that incorporates a portion of whole clusters, native yeast fermentations, and more gentle maceration. The new approaches to fermentation and aging are yielding wines with greater aromatic complexity, more transparent flavors, and subtler tannins.


“This project, from a large estate in Ribera del Duero, has the gifted Danish winemaker, Peter Sisseck (of Pingus fame), as the winemaker.”

– Robert Parker


  • Red
  • Rose
  • White
  • Cider + Orange
  • Vegan
  • Certified Organic
  • Biodynamic
Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Location
    Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Primary Appellation
    Ribera del Duero
  • Proprietor
    Carlos del Rio
  • Winemaker
    Peter Sisseck
  • Size / Elevation
    78 hectares / 700–750 meters
  • Age of Vines
    30 years
  • Farming
    Certified organic
  • Varieties
    Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec
  • Cellar
    Natural yeast fermentation, certain percentage of whole cluster depending on vintage, gentle maceration, aged in 500L French oak demi-muids
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