Peter Sisseck

Peter Sisseck will be speaking at the tasting and panel discussion, Inspirational Spain

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Peter Sisseck was born in Denmark and has lived for the past 20 years in the Ribera del Duero, Spain where the winery Dominio de Pingus is located.

His fascination for wine began at home with his parents and was later inspired, at the age of fourteen, by visiting his uncle, the renowned winemaker Peter Vinding, in Bordeaux. This moment ignited a life-long passion and directed his future path into the grapevines.

After a stay at Chateau Rahoul in Graves in 1983- 84, Peter travelled to Sonoma, California where he worked with Zelma Long of Simi Winery. Later, he studied agriculture engineering in Copenhagen and, after graduation, moved in with the Vinding family at Château Landiras.

He landed in Ribera del Duero in 1990 and took the post of technical director at the Hacienda Monasterio winery. Captivated with the contrasted and arid landscape, Peter developed a belief in the potential of the region for the creation of a high quality wine. What was supposed to be a short stay soon started to feel like home.

His eager quest to find the perfect terroir of old exceptional vines was finally rewarded when he encountered the old vineyards of La Horra. With this precious find, Pingus’ story was about to begin.

In 1995, under the influence of the “garagists”, the “garage wine” trend, the first Pingus was bottled. With the pure aim of making an honest wine in capturing the essence of the terroir through old indigenous vines (Tinta del País), this wine, named after Peter’s nickname, made history. For the first time a Spanish wine was lifted to the podium of the World’s 100 best wines by the respected Wine Advocate with the high score of 98 points.

“One of the greatest young red wines I ever tasted” wrote Robert Parker Jr. (1998).

The same story is repeated today with Pingus receiving an astonishing cluster of high accolades for every vintage presented.

Pingus 1995 also attracted attention with the story of the sinking ship that transported part of the minute 1995 vintage production to the USA. This legendary treasure is now slowly ageing on the seabed by the Azores.

The year 2006 brought the beginning of a new project. Seeing the shortage and disappearance of old vines in the Ribera del Duero (only 4000 vines left), Peter Sisseck put into motion the creation of his third wine, PSI. With the collaboration of wine growers and owners, this new modern wine is elaborated in harmony and respect for the biodynamic tradition of the vineyards with the input of modern technology in the winery.

In 2010, Peter Sisseck ventured to France for a new challenge. Although it was a new beginning, it was also a return to his first French love, the Bordeaux region that he left 20 years ago. This newborn wine, named Chateau Rocheyron, is the fine result of the experience and care of its winemaker for traditionally grown vineyards and high quality innovation in the winery. A classic Saint- Émilion signed, “Peter Sisseck”.

Peter Sisseck lives on a farm in the Ribera del Duero.