About This Vineyard
Dominio de Pingus was established in 1995 by Danish oenologist Peter Sisseck, also manager of the Pesquera de Duero estate Hacienda Monasterio. On the estate’s organic winemaking philosophies, Sisseck has stated, ‘The vines in my plots are very old. They have never been fertilised nor treated with pesticides and all grow following the traditional en vaso system. They are perfect.’
About the first 1995 vintage of Pingus, Robert Parker declared, ‘One of the greatest and most exciting wines I have ever tasted’.
With a very limited first vintage production, only 325 cases were made with prices initially set at US200 per bottle, it became yet more scarce when in November 1997 the boat transporting a U.S. bound shipment of 75 cases disappeared somewhere off the Azores in the North Atlantic Ocean. The shipwreck resulted in a dramatic reaction in the US market, with prices soon rising to 495 per bottle.
At the Ronda WineCreator conference of April 2008, Sisseck was angered by suggestions by Decanter editor Guy Woodward that some winemakers make wines to suit the palates of certain critics. In response he called Woodward’s remarks arrogant for implying winemakers do not have their own opinions, adding, ‘I don’t even think it is possible to do this.’
In 2007 it was announced that the Spanish government had approved plans expand highway roads through the vineyards of Dominio de Pingus and other wineries, which was met with strong opposition by Sisseck who called it a ‘vengeful measure’.