Jerez-Sherry & Sanlúcar de Barrameda

The Jerez & Sanlúcar de Barrameda region is known for the production of Sherry wines, both in their dry (Fino, Manzanilla, Oloroso, Amontillado) and sweet (Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel) styles. Jerez and Sanlúcar de Barrameda are two main towns that conform this D.O. (“Denominación de Origen”) that was established in 1932 in the southernmost west side of the Peninsula, in the  Andalucía autonomous region. They form together with a third town called El Puerto de Santa María what is known in Spanish as Marco de Jerez, so it may be the case that you hear people referring to Sherry wines as “wines from the Marco”. Despite the fact that Sherry is produced in all these 3 towns it is important to note that Manzanilla (a style of Fino wine) can only come from Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It is basically a Fino that has aged in Bodegas (wineries) located in Sanlúcar.

The main grapes cultivated in this D.O. are Palomino Fino for all dry styles, Pedro Ximénez (some grapes are grown in Jerez/Sanlúcar, but the D.O. also allows producers to purchase grapes from another region in Andalucía called Montilla-Moriles, where this grape is the backbone of its wines) and Moscatel for sweet styles. The main soils in the Jerez/Sanlúcar region are called Albariza, and they are white soils, porous and rich in chalk. The climate is warm, as this is one of the most southerner wine regions in Europe, but with humid winds, coming from its proximity to the sea, that help cooling down the atmosphere specially at night.

Sherry is a fortified wine that has different styles (as said before some are dry, others sweet) but something that is quite unique and common of Sherry wines is the fact that these are generally non-vintage (i.e. made of a blend of different vintages). This is achieved through an ageing process in 500 or 600 litre American oak barrels called “Soleras and Criaderas“. This is a dynamic blend process, by which the resulting bottled wine contains wine from older vintage barrels (called “Solera“) and subsequently younger vintage ones (called “Criaderas“). Each time a wine is bottled taking a fraction of the Solera barrel, every barrel, including the Solera, is refilled with its next younger wine. This means that at any point no single barrel has a certain vintage wine and that the bottled wine has only an average (normally incalculable) age. That is the reason why you will see most Sherry wines as “N.V.” (non-vintage).



Wines from this Region

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Manzanilla La Cigarrera Sanlucar de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Manzanilla La Cigarrera Sanlúcar

Region Jerez-Sherry & Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Producer La Cigarrera

Variety Palomino fino

Type Sherry

£10.49

inc VAT
Amontillado La Cigarrera Sanlucar de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Amontillado La Cigarrera Sanlúcar

Region Jerez-Sherry & Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Producer La Cigarrera

Variety Palomino fino

Type Sherry

£12.99

inc VAT
La Cigarrera Moscatel de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in the UK

Moscatel La Cigarrera Sanlúcar

Region Jerez-Sherry & Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Producer La Cigarrera

Variety Moscatel

Type Sweet

£10.99

inc VAT
Amontillado La Cigarrera Sanlucar de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Pedro Ximénez La Cigarrera Sanlúcar

Region Jerez-Sherry & Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Producer La Cigarrera

Variety Pedro Ximénez

Type Sweet

£14.99

inc VAT