The estate itself was founded in 1146 as the Abbey of Santa Maria de Retuerta. Having been passed through different families it came to its current form in 1988 with a winery then being established in 1996 with plantings on land previously owned by Vega Sicilia. At the hands of Pascal Delbeck of Chateau Ausone they undertook an incredibly complex soil investigation to find the most ideal plots for the most ideal grape varieties. Thus the vineyards of Abadia Retuerta were born. Despite not being within the political Ribera Del Duero denomination, the vineyards are very much on the revered "golden mile" albeit a couple of minutes into neighbouring Sardon del Duero. The Seleccion Especial is made from a selection of vineyard sites to create a uniquely blended wine that exudes the terroir of Abadia Retuerta. Aromatic and mouthfilling, scented and flavoured with cherry liqueur, dark chocolate and ripe blackberries.