Bottled Andalusian Sun: JEREZ-XEREZ-SHERRY, the oldest DO of wines in Spain, (Protected Designations of Origin by the European Union regulations).
If you are staying in some of our Boutique Hotels in Arcos, Seville or Granada, I recommend you to visit Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), the Capital of sherry and wine tourism with its beautiful, historic sherry cellars clustered around Jerez.
The origins of Jerez as a wine-producing area started when viniculture was introduced to Spain by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. In the Poblado Doña Blanca, about 7 km from Jerez, it is still possible to visit a Phoenician ”Lagar” (wine press) dating back to the third or fourth century BC. The practice was carried on by the Romans and by the Moors, who after the conquest in 711 AD, introduced distillation in stills made of copper to use for the development of brandy and fortified wine.
Jerez DO, established in 1933, was the first to be declared so in Spain. Nowadays the DO is known as Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda, because the Jerez DO producing area, where the vineyards are located, encompasses towns from Jerez de la Frontera to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in the province of Cádiz, as well as certain areas of Lebrija (Seville).
But Jerez is not only sherry. As a witness of our tradition and culture you can also visit the Alcázar, an 11th century Arab fortress, the Royal School of Equestrian Art and the Cathedral of Jerez, dating back to the 18th century. Close to them, you can visit the most important winery in Jerez, Tio Pepe. Tío Pepe is not the only bodega to visit, Jerez town had already around 100 wineries!.
You must know that all the visits are guided and in each one the visits you will learn the history of the bodega, the different types of sherry: Fino (the driest), Amontillado (medium), Oloroso (sweet or dry), Palo Cortado (medium dry), Jerez Dulce (the sweetest), Cream, as well as the different grape varieties: Palomino and Pedro Ximénez grapes.For the aging of sherry, the weather, the “albariza” soil, the barrels made of North American oak and the “solera” system play a very important role.
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CASA GRANDE, Boutique Hotels in Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz)
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LA ALMUNIA DEL VALLE, Boutique Hotels, Sierra Nevada (Granada)
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Original post written specially for us by Elena Torres, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz.