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The wines

Composed exclusively of tempranillo grapes harvested from 40 year-old vines, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macán has been very limited in production since its first vintage in 2009.A great Spanish wine crafted in the French style, this Macán leverages the full potential of the Rioja terrain for an elegant, distinguished wine that is powerful and persistent.

History of the estate

Driven by their quest to find the best soils and discover local varieties, Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild aspired to produce a great wine in Spain. In the early 2000s, they met Pablo Alvarez, owner of Vega Sicilia, an encounter that was the genesis of this ambitious undertaking. United by their shared vision rooted in authenticity and know-how, and their desire to forge a long-term collaboration, the two families committed seven years and 70 transactions to purchasing the 110 hectares of vineyards located in the Rioja Alta region, home to Spain's first wines.
The Macán name was inspired by the nickname given to residents of the village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, where the estate is located. Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild and the Alvarez family have pooled their energy and expertise to adapt the French " château" concept to Spain in an entirely new way, with an unbroken chain of production from grape-growing to wine-making. Their success was instant: the first Macán vintage (2009) sold out within a few weeks.

A joint venture

The Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia project is the result of a fortuitous alliance between the Rothschild and Alvarez families, who share a long-standing passion for wine (both families have owned vineyards for over 100 years). Vega Sicilia is widely renowned; it has produced and continues to produce Rioja's most prestigious wines. The Compagnie Vinicole has proven the quality of its production methods and demonstrated its ability to tease out the potential of terroirs to give life to new grands crus. The conditions are ripe for making Macán the next legendary Rioja wine.

The Soil

The Rothschild and Alvarez families have owned vineyards for over 100 years.

The estate is composed of 110 hectares of clay-limestone soil in the heart of the Rioja Alta wine region. Some 75 hectares are occupied by vines that are over 40 years old, while the remaining 35 are currently being planted. The goal is to have 80 hectares in ongoing production in the coming years. The remaining hectares will either be allowed to rest or slated for replanting with new vines that will gradually replace the oldest ones. All the plots are planted with tempranillo, the true grape of the Rioja. It thrives in the region's mostly clay and limestone soils.