Three Danish wine producers – abroad

Photo: His Royal Highness Prince Henrik

His Royal Highness
Prince Henrik
Château de Cayx Cahors

The most well-known winemaker in Denmark is without doubt HRH Prince Henrik. The Prince consort comes from the Cahors district of France, where in 1974 Queen Margrethe and the Prince consort acquired Château de Cayx, which has roots back to the 15 century.

Prince Henrik carried out a sensitive restoration of the castle and, since he has a strong interest in wine (his father and grandfather also cultivated vines in Cahors), he decided to recreate the castle’s ancient, prestigious vineyards.

The vineyards have gradually been replanted and today cover more than 21 hectares, which have mostly been planted with malbec. In addition, Merlot, Tannat and Chardonnay, which traditionally form part of the Cahors wine, are grown on small plots.

Prince Henrik produces the red wines Château de Cayx, La royale, Gobelins, Les Marches de Cayx, Le Malbec de Cayx, the white wine La Cigaralle and the rosé wine Le Rosé du Prince de Danemark.

Prince Henrik often serves his wines at official events held at the Royal House including birthdays and Christenings.

Photo: Peter Sisseck

Peter Sisseck
Hacienda de Monasterio Ribera del Duero

Peter Sisseck is reckoned to be among the world’s best wine producers and is the maker of the cult wine Dominio de Pingus – one of the most expensive Spanish wines. Peter Sisseck has also wrought a minor revolution in Spanish wine production, where he has introduced new methods and ideas in recent years, primarily in Ribera del Duero, an area in north-west of Spain where Pingus is also produced.

Peter Sisseck’s interest in wine is family-connected. He took an apprenticeship with his uncle Peter Vinding-Diers, who for more than four decades was a highly regarded winemaker in Bordeaux.

Having graduated in agronomics in Copenhagen and worked at vineyards in both Europe and the US, Peter Sisseck settled in Spain in 1990, when he was employed as head of the Hacienda de Monasterio vineyard, which he is still heading.

During his work at Hacienda de Monasterio in Ribera del Duero, Peter Sisseck’s dream of making his own wine blossomed, and in 1995 he began producing Pingus (the name originates from Peter Sisseck’s nickname ’Ping’) based on Tempranillo grapes from a 4.2 hectare plot in La Horra in the Ribera del Duero district.

Since then, Peter Sisseck has regularly acquired fields around Dominio de Pingus and today also makes the Flor de Pingus wine from fields in La Horra, and the micro cuvée Amelia, which is based on vines that are more than 100 years old.

Together with various partners, Peter Sisseck has also launched other projects in the Duero area and is now making wines such as PSI, Quinta Sardonia and Q2 Sardonia.

Photo: Hans Vinding-Diers

Hans Vinding-Diers
Tenuta di Argiano Toscana

A son of the legendary Danish winemaker Peter Vinding-Diers (and a cousin to Peter Sisseck), it is no surprise that Hans Vinding-Diers also became involved in world-class wine production, although he originally dreamed of doing something completely different and becoming a theatre producer.

Hans Vinding-Diers makes wines in Italy at the famous Brunello vineyard Tenuta di Argiano, which is owned by his partner countess Noemi Marone Cinzano. He has also made wines in other countries, including France, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Today, his main focus is on Argentina, where together with his partner he has bought bodega Noemia in Patagonia, whose vines date from the 1930s. The vineyard produces the red wines bodega Noemia, J. Alberto and A Lisa with Malbec as the primary type of grape. Together with an Italian colleague and friend, he is also involved in a Pinot Noir project in Patagonia – Bodega Chacra.

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