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The Ten Best Wineries in Jerez

A few days ago, we told you about the ten best wineries to visit in the province of Malaga. Today, we’ve gathered the top ten in the wine city par excellence, Jerez. Many of them are internationally recognized and are visited by tourists, professionals of oenology (art of making wine) and sommeliers from across the world.

Some of the wineries and vineyards quoted below are integrated in the “Wine Roads of the Jerez” and offer tours of their facilities and tastings of their finest wines. Below, we present the ten most outstanding wineries and activities offered by each for visitors:

 1. WILLIAM & HUMBERT

Wineries William & Humbert wineries

William & Humbert wineries

This winery was founded in 1877 by Alexander Williams and Arthur Humbert and is considered the largest in Europe with over 180,000 m2 of space, set between the site’s buildings. The secret of the success of their products is based on the quality of the brands they use. During a visit to this winery, you can observe wines and brandies of the label, dating back to the year of its foundation.

The tour includes tastings, horse shows, food and a visit to the museum collection. In the shop you can buy their wines, brandies and vinegars.

 Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 15.00.

Evenings, weekends and holidays: Call (34) 956 353 406

For Directions: click here.

 2. TIO PEPE – GONZÁLEZ BYASS

Tio Pep-González Byass wineries

Tio Pepe-González Byass wineries

In 1835, the young Manuel Maria Gonzalez Angel acquired a small winery and success has accompanied the growth of the wine business ever since, so much so that its wines are known throughout the world, including its Tio Pepe sherry, and its Soberano and Lepanto brandy. The quality of the wines is traced back to the origin of the grapes, taken from the finest land in the Jerez Superior area.

The winery offers a comprehensive program for visitors throughout its historic facilities, including tasting of 2 wines, upgradeable to 4 wines. It is also possible to include lunch or tapas in the food and wine tasting area of the Tio Pepe Gran Bodega area.

Hours vary by day and language, so we recommend visiting the website or calling directly at (34) 956 35 70 16.

For Directions: click here.

 3.   EL MAESTRO SIERRA

El Maestro Sierra wineries

El Maestro Sierra wineries

For more than 180 years, this family winery has sat at the historical centre of Jerez.

Wines with Designation of Origin Jerez-Xeres-Sherry are aged, bottled and marketed in its facilities, with unique Jerez decorations and a special charm. One of the most significant details is the hand-made label for one of its most valuable fragrances.

In 2011, it was honoured as one of the top 100 wineries in the world by the prestigious “Wine & Spirits”.

 Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9.00 to 13.30.

Evenings, Saturdays and Sundays by appointment.

For Directions: click here.

 4.  EMILIO LUSTAU

 Emilio Lustau wineries

Emilio Lustau wineries

The Emilio Lustau winery was founded in the late nineteenth century by José Ruiz-Berdejo, who along with his son produced a tremendous amount of wines, providing high quality exports. This allowed them to expand the business by moving in the neighbourhood of Santiago, using the buildings that were once part of the town’s ancient walls. This allowed an element of history surrounding wines that were now drunk across the world.

The visit to this winery wine integrates gastronomic and cultural activities.

Hours: Monday from 10:00 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 17.00h Saturday from 10.00 to 15.00h.

For Directions: click here.

 5. SANDEMAN

Sanderman wineries

Sandeman wineries

The Sandeman Bodega was founded in 1790 and became the world’s most popular firm among Jerez and Porto wines for its stunning wineries. They are regarded as the first company to label and advertise their wines and brandies, thereby offering a guarantee of quality to consumers. By the first quarter of the eighteenth century, Sandeman wines were already exported to various countries in Europe, North and South America and Africa.

Schedules are available on the official website of the winery and visits include a tasting of 3 wines of Jerez with a small appetizer.

For Directions: click here.

 6. FUNDADOR PEDRO DOMECQ – HARVEYS

Bodega Fundación fotografía: anaisan.blogspot.com.es

Fundador Pedro Domecq-Harveys wineries. Photography: anaisan.blogspot.com.es

The Fundador Pedro Domecq Bodega was founded in 1730 and is considered the oldest in Jerez, situated inside the doors of Rota. A visit to the facilities is a true pleasure to the eye, offering a glimpse of what Jerez looked like in the 18th century. There are five main buildings where the wines are stored. The El Castillo winery is a must see, hosting one of the towers that was once used to protect Jerez. In short, a visit here not only provides wisdom about wine, but local culture as well.

Hours: Monday to Saturday. Please go to the website to book the tour. There is possibility of a night tour of the facilities.

For Directions: click here

 7.    REY FERNANDO DE CASTILLA

Fernando de Castilla wineries

Fernando de Castilla wineries

These wineries are named in honour of King Ferdinand of Castile, ” The Saint”, who discovered the qualities of the local land as well as the ideal weather for producing wine. The Andrada – Vanderwilde family is the founder of the label, offering a long tradition of the production of sherry. More than wine, their brandy stands as one of the finest in the country, as well as offering sherry vinegar.  

Visits are by appointment from Tuesday to Friday. Check schedules on its website.

For Directions: click here

8.      ALMOCADÉN

Bodegas Almocadén. Fotografía: gastroflash.blogspot.com.es

Almocadén wineries. Photograhpy: gastroflash.blogspot.com.es

The owners of this winery are the Gonzalez family, who founded its first facilities in 1915. Since then, generations after generation have dedicated themselves to producing handcrafted wines. The vineyards are located in a unique albariza zone, which, together with the category of grape, produces an aroma and one of a kind fineness, worthy of recognition.

It is a small winery, but one with great charm and simplicity. There, visitors will find friendly, specialized treatment.

Visits can be made from Monday to Friday at different times: 9.00, 10.00, 12.00 and 13.00 h.

For Directions: click here.

9.      HIDALGO

Hidalgo wineries

Hidalgo wineries

The Hidalgo wineries posses a great winemaking tradition. Five generations have been working in this industry since the winery opened its doors in the second half of the 19th century. The winery has been in the same location since its inception, in the historic centre of Jerez. The architectural features of the facilities help the maturing and aging of Sherry. The wines are present in many European countries, with exports beginning in 1970 to the U.S. and Japanese markets.

Visiting hours are available on the web. Once there you can access the museum and warehouses Monday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment.

For Directions: click here.

10.   REAL TESORO Y VALDESPINO

Real Tesoro y Valdespino wineries

Real Tesoro y Valdespino wineries

José Estévez creates wines and brandies in this Jerez winery. Situated in an unusual setting, where thousands of barrels of crianza have been produced throughout its history.  A variety of activities are offered to visitors, including private horse shows, a visit to a Museum of Contemporary Art, a glimpse of Picasso’s “Suite Vollard”, getting to know the Print Museum or the Carriage Museum, or attending specialized tastings or flamenco performances.

The winery boasts wines and brandies and is also proud to offer the Yeguada Real Tesoro, dedicated to the breeding of purebred Spanish horses.

Hours Monday to Friday: Spanish-language Visits: 12.30h. English visits are offered ​​at 12.30h, while visits in German will be at 12:00h. Evenings are available to book on Saturdays and Sundays.

For Directions: click here.

A tour of Jerez offers a wide variety of tourism destinations and activities in its cellars. Do not miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with these wineries – we strongly recommend adding this to your sightseeing plans in Cadiz.

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4 Responses to “The Ten Best Wineries in Jerez”
  1. Ignacio says:

    La foto que ilustra FUNDADOR PEDRO DOMECQ – HARVEYS, no es una imagen de dicha bodega, si no de las instalaciones de Grupo Estévez. (Real Tesoro y Valdespino)

  2. Álvaro Girón Sierra says:

    Es chocante que la foto que encabeza un artículo exclusivamente dedicado a Jerez (y en el que faltan los otros dos vértices del triángulo del Marco) sea de Sanlúcar: se trata de la bodega catedral La Arboledilla, en pleno Barrio Alto sanluqueño, hoy propiedad de Barbadillo. No solo eso. La foto que ilustra a Almocadén también es errónea. Se trata del Castillo de Macharnudo, situado en la parte alta del pago del mismo nombre, en el conocidísimo viñedo de El Majuelo. Un dibujo del castillo se encontraba en prácticamente todas las botellas viejas de Pedro Domecq. No en vano era uno de los símbolos de la casa desde hace más de 200 años.

    • Buenas Álvaro, muchísimas gracias por sus comentarios. Resulta complicado a veces encontrar fotografías de buena calidad para publicar y en otras ocasiones también puede haber errores. Pero esto es lo bueno de las redes sociales, que vosotros, los lectores, siemrpe podéis ayudarnos a mejorar y darnos cuenta. De nuevo muchas gracias, ahora la fotografía principal es una de las Bodegas de Tío Pepe que sí que son jerezanas.
      La fotografía de Almocadén también y se ha sustituido por una de las bodegas.

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