We are very sad to report that Alexandra Sisseck, daughter of famed proprietor and winemaker Peter Sisseck of Dominio de Pingus in Ribera del Duero, Spain, has passed away in Copenhagen. Only 20 years old and just beginning her university studies, she was tragically killed in a bus accident while riding her bicycle. She was an accomplished and well liked Danish equestrian and her passing has been mourned in international equestrian circles as well.
Dane Peter Sisseck moved to Spain in 1993, first to manage Hacienda Monasterio and then founded Dominio de Pingus, which became a cult wine after Robert Parker Jr. vaulted the inaugural vintage, 1995, into the international spotlight with unprecedented praise for a new Spanish wine.
The rarity, very high price for a Spanish wine, and Mr. Parker’s initial rating of 96-100 points (settling on 98 points the following year) combined with the loss of much of the first vintage at sea cemented Pingus’s cult status. Subsequent successful vintages and additional high quality offerings have only reinforced the acclaim, reputation and appeal of the winery.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Sisseck family.
For more on the story see:
Coverage from BT, a top Danish newspaper (use Google Translate for English)
An earlier perspective from Berlingske, a top Danish newspaper (use Google Translate for English)
An equestrian perspective from EquNews