Below are the bodegas of Jerez and Sanlucar de Barameda which we recommend. We are happy to reserve tickets for bodega tours, arrange private tours or organise a day excursion with private guide visiting various bodegas. Please inform reception of your requirements.
The bodegas of Gonzalez Byass were established in 1835 when the companys founder D. Manuel Gonzalez Angel formed a successful partnership with Mr Robert Blake Byass, who had been the new companys Agent in London. Together they built what has become todays well-known company, internationally recognized for the care devoted to its sherries and brandies and for the high quality standards maintained across its wide product range.
The company is still directed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Gonzalez family, preserving the heritage, traditions and culture of sherry and brandy production for over 160 years. Enjoy a tour of the „bodegas where you will taste a selection dry and sweet sherries, and learn about the heritage and science of this great Andalucian tradition.
Bodegas Lustau is probably the most important bodega in Spain. Lustau was founded in 1896 by Don José Ruiz- Berdejo. Lustau has received numerous international awards including the “International Wine Challenge” in London and the “Concours Mondial” in Brussels. There wines can be enjoyed at many of the best restaurants and hotels on the five continents, from Japan to the United States and from South Africa to Lapland.
We can arrange private tours with Almudena de la Maza, the daughter of the Count of Maza and PR for the bodega. This is by prior appointment only. Please ask reception to arrange a visit.
Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana is a family owned sherry-maker founded in 1792 and based in Sanlucar de Barameda. It is run by Javier Hidalgo who has spent many years tirelessly promoting their range to more than 30 overseas markets. Hidalgo make some glorious sherries aged in the dark, quiet surroundings of the well-ventilated bodega like the Amontillado Viejo, Oloroso Viejo, Palo Cortado Viejo, but the mainstay of the range is La Gitana, a crisp, savoury, bone dry manzanilla. If you are planning to visit Sanlucar to sample some of the best shellfish in Spain, a visit to this bodega might be of interest. Please speak to reception in advance if you wish to visit his bodega.
Javier and Almeudena host sherry tasting evenings at the Hacienda or Corral del Rey for individuals or groups. These events are a great opportunity to learn more about this aspect of oenology.
El Rinconcillo opened in 1670 and is Seville´s oldest tapas bar. Here, in the restaurant on the first floor Roger Davies hosts wine tastings. The main tastings feature wines from Jerez. As well as explaining how the wines are made and tasting the different styles he will show you how versatile they are with food. The wines are accompanied by top-quality prawns from the Huelva coastline, acorn-fed Iberian ham, Spanish cheese, excellent fish and meat dishes and typical desserts. He also offers tastings of quality Spanish red and white wines.