Vintage Sherry Two Ways – Williams Colección Añadas & 1980s Tío Pepe

Closed by the Consejo Regulador with a wax seal and red ribbon, Añada sherries, produced from a single vintage, have seen a renaissance in recent years. With an established tradition of vintage sherries from as far back as 1920, Williams & Humbert’s Colección Añadas is a new venture under oenologist Paola Medina, aiming to produce unusual biologically aged Añada sherries at an accessible price. From one vintage sherry to another, though this time not from a single vintage, is González Byass’ ubiquitous Tío Pepe, bottled in the 1980s, then aged for several further decades, giving an enlightening experience into how biologically aged sherries can develop in bottle.

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Viña Santa Petronila Fino & Cream En Rama

Claiming to be the smallest, and unequivocally one of the smallest bodegas in the Marco de Jerez, Viña Santa Petronila is within a stones throw of Jerez , surrounded its own old vine albariza vineyards. Norwegians Brita Hektoen and husband Agustín are the current custodians of this Casa de la Viña, catering for events and accommodating guests, alongside operating a working bodega where they produce superb but extremely limited wines.

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Visiting Bodegas Urium

Alonso Ruiz Olivares never forgot his dream of becoming a sherry bodeguero for over 40 years, finally being realised when he bought a small bodega in 2007, renaming it Mons Urium. Sherry is a contagious condition, and so much like Alonso’s father before him, daughter Rocío Ruiz caught the bug. Devoted to the bodega and passionate about the wines they produce, Alonso and daughter Rocío are extremely generous hosts who welcomed us as friends to their bodega.

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Visiting El Maestro Sierra

A story of triumph against archaic expectations of class and gender, beginning early in the 19th century with working class master cooper José Antonio Sierra – ‘El Maestro’ Sierra are all about their very old wines, preserving some of the oldest soleras and wines in the Jerez region. Led by a succession of formidable women, their traditionally made ancient sherries are a real treasure, of astonishing quality and complexity.

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Visiting Fernando de Castilla

Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla produces exceptional sherries thanks to the passionate work of Norwegian born, long term Andalusian resident and true gentleman, Jan Petterson. With care taken from vineyard to bottle, these sherries and brandies are of serious quality, but the bodega remains a relatively small, artisan producer.

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Tasting Cruz Vieja Sherries at Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez

Former Almacenista turned boutique Bodega, Faustino Gonzalez have been a family operation since being established in 1971. Their traditional methods, including barrel fermented base wines made with grapes from their own superb albariza vineyards, and exceptionally old soleras dating from 1758, produce exquisite sherries. A tiny bodega, passionately making fabulous sherry the way it should be.

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