Spain - Jerez

It is the anglicisation of Jerez (Xeres) that gives us the word Sherry. Jerez the sherry producing region is in the south of Spain between Cadiz and Sevilla. The wine has also been know as sack, from the Spanish saca, meaning “extraction”, that is taken from the solera system.

All wine labelled as “Sherry” must legally come from the ‘Sherry Triangle’, an area in the province of Cádiz between Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa María. – the three main towns of the sherry trade. In 1933 the Jerez DO was the first Spanish denominación to be officially recognised.

There is a further demarcation within Jerez; Manzanilla can only come from Sanlúcar – situated at the northern tip of the sherry triangle and based around the delightful small town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, flanked by the Guadalquivir estuary.

Before the phylloxera infestation in 1894, there were estimated to be over one hundred varieties of grape used in Spain for the production of sherry but now there are only three white grapes grown: Palomino: the dominant grape used for the dry sherries. (approximately 90 per cent of the grapes grown for sherry are Palomino), Pedro Ximénez: used to produce sweet wines (when harvested these grapes are typically dried in the sun for two days to concentrate their sugars) and Moscatel (used similarly to P.X. but less common).

Products from this region

  • Sorel Gin

    Jerez

    Sorel distillery was set up in 1875 and this gin is the homage to…

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  • Soberano

    Jerez

    Gonzalez Byass was founded in Jerez in 1835 by Manuel Maria Gonzalez at the…

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  • Magno

    Jerez

    The history of Osborne dates back to the end of the 18th century, when…

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  • 103 White Label

    Jerez

    The history of Osborne dates back to the end of the 18th century, when…

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  • Carlos I Gran Reserva

    Jerez

    The winery of Pedro Domecq is one of the most romantic in Spain. It…

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  • Xixarito Manzanilla Pasada en Rama

    Jerez

    An aged Manzanilla 'Pasada' and bottled 'en Rama' unfiltered. Great complexity is achieved from…

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  • Xixarito Amontillado

    Jerez

    A dry Amontillado with an average 15 years in the solera - a unique…

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  • Xixarito Oloroso

    Jerez

    A soft and complex dry Oloroso that has spent more than 15 years in…

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  • Xixarito PX

    Jerez

    An extraordinarily concentrated sweet wine of intense raisiny fruit. The natural sugars from the…

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  • Soluqua PX

    Jerez

    A remarkable offering from Baron that has spent 30 years as an average in…

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  • Soluqua Manzanilla Pasada

    Jerez

    An aged Manzanilla - 12 years as opposed to 10 for Xixarito. This sherry…

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  • Micaela Manzanilla

    Jerez

    Micaela is the entry label of Bodegas Baron - who are based in the…

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  • Micaela Fino

    Jerez

    Fino is the finest and most delicate wines style of sherry and Micaela offers…

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  • Micaela Amontillado

    Jerez

    Micaela Amontillado is a dry version, with noticeably more character than the ubiquitous medium-sweet…

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  • Micaela Oloroso

    Jerez

    Micaela Oloroso is a dry sherry, the prferred style in Spain and unlike the…

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  • Micaela Cream

    Jerez

    Cream is the one sweeter style of sherry in Micaela's range, made by blending…

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  • Micaela PX

    Jerez

    PX is a naturally sweet style of sherry and is more like a dessert…

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