Sei Solo

This project is the brainchild of Javier Zaccagnini, former director of Ribera del Duero’s Regulatory Board and a current partner in Aalto, one of the most successful wineries in the appellation. In partnership with winegrower Ismael Gozalo, Zaccagnini set up Ossian, a successful project based on old Verdejo vines in Segovia, but he sold his part in 2013 to focus on Sei Solo.

As a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach, Javier’s favourite composer, the wines are named after the BMW 1001-1006 violin sonatas, originally called Sei Solo, and the labels reproduce the handwriting of Bach’s original manuscript.

Even if Javier started the project in 2007, the first vintage to reach the market was 2011. Grapes are sourced from La Horra in Burgos, a village known for its structured, distinctive reds, and a real favourite of Javier Zaccagnini. He owns three plots in the area and has rented another three. In 2016, and for the first time, he purchased grapes in areas located at high altitude like Gumiel and Moradillo, also in Burgos.

Around 15,000 bottles are produced and distributed in two different wines. Sei Solo (around 2,000 bottles, €55 in Spain) is a selection of what Javier considers the ideal wine in every new vintage in terms of finesse, elegance, precision and balance. Preludio de Sei Solo (13,000 bottles, €24) is the remaining, usually more approachable blend.

Both of them are single-varietal Tempranillo reds. Fermentation is done with natural yeasts in oak vats and the wines are aged in 500- and 600-litre used barrels, quite a rarity in Ribera del Duero where 225-litre barrels are standard. Michael, Javier’s son (working with his father in the photo), is also involved in the business.

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