Welcome to the wonderful of wine! Living in the Sherry Triangle I’ve learned a lot about the wines in Spain and that not all Sherries are the same (even if they have the same categorizations). Thankfully, no offense to Sherry but there isn’t just sherry in this region! Yes ladies and gents there is wine here too!!
Before I dive into the wineries to visit around the Rota area I wanted you to explain the history behind this area for wine.
The cities of El Puerto de Santa María, Jerez de la Frontera and Sanlúcar de Barrameda are the comer points of a geographical triangle which limits the Sherry County, also known as “El Marco”.
Castillo de San Marcos and Wine Cellar
First, I have to start off strong – winery and a castle people! During this tour, you’ll get to know the historic winery, which was incorporated into the castle complex in the early 20th century. Surrounded by barrels where some of the finest wines of the Caballero Group are produced and aged, they go through and explain to you the magic and mystery surrounding the wines of the Marco de Jerez region: the types of grape, the confluence of soil, climate and winds that is unique in the world, the solera and criadera system, and the different types of wines made in this Denomination of Origin.
Then you’ll enjoy a tasting session of three excellent Jerez wines, the famous Lustau vermouth, and the Caballero punch. To book your tour you can always visit their website by clicking here
Situated in El Puerto de Santa Maria and popularly known as Bodegas Las 7 Esquinas (7 corners winery). Its origins go back to 1841 when it was founded by Edmundo Grant Falconell. This bodega (winery), which has always remained in the hands of the same family, currently carries out the production and dispatch of vino Fino using traditional methods which give it a special bouquet and flavor when compared to other wines produced in the area.
The aging system of Fino wine in Bodegas Grant is called Criaderas and Pavers, which is a dynamic way of aging wines.
Such aging is performed by a long and careful process biological activated forming a yeast flor wine surface. These live microorganisms isolate wine preventing air contact and thus its oxidation, and provide nutrients to the wine its characteristic finesse, lightness and softness.
Welcome to the Bull! Osborne is a Spanish company, with almost 250 years of experience, internationally recognized for the artisanal production of food and drink products that offer the ultimate in authenticity and prestige. Osborne has helped create the icon image for Spain with the bull – Click here if you’d like to book they have multiple tours in different languages.
This winery is one of the first wines that I drank after moving to Spain and I thought that their humorous labels and their delicious wines were refreshing as the first introduction to true Spanish wines! You can visit their tasting room which sits on the highway between Rota and Jerez and it is worth arranging! You have to message/whatsapp them to set up a time but if you are looking to go tasting at a bodega that has wines and not just sherry…it is wroth the stop!
I have to give a huge shout-out to Barbazul! They have amazing WINE! One of my all-time favorite Chardonnays in Spain, well actually in most of the world, to me. It is amazing! Visiting their winery that sits between Rota and Jerez. When you want to book – click here!
Bodegas Luiz Perez
Their adventure began in 2002 when we planted a red wine vineyard within a traditional white grapes region, and the first challenge was to show that we could produce quality red wines in the Cadiz region. Starting from scratch was hard. However, worktime was family time too, and good friends were always around when the harvest time arrived.
I’ve visited this Bodega twice already and I love it! The wines are amazing, especially if you can get your hands on their Petit Verdot, they serve normally 5 wines that they “lightly” pair with tapas with a beautiful view that you can’t beat with a glass of wine in your hand. Click here to book!
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