Andalucia & Jerez

Andalucia, Ronda at night, Spain
The Stunning Tajo, a 100 metre deep gorge, divides the historical city of Ronda. The Parador that we stay in is the building on the left, with stunning views across the Tajo and the mountains.

Andalucia & Jerez

Jerez is located in Andalucia, southwest Spain. Sherry, which at the time a simple red wine, was started by the Phoenicians in around 1100 BC.

The capacity of the Sherry cask was set in the 1400s when to help Sherry stay stabilized during ocean voyages brandy was added to the wine. This is why Sherry is now a "fortified", or alcohol-added wine. 

There are dry sherries that can be served chilled, and sweet sherries for room temperature. Sherry can be created as a dessert wine or a cheese wine, or anything in between. The two main types of sherry are the pale, dry fino/manzanilla and the dark, full, dry oloroso sherry. 

Andalucia holds sherry vineyards in areas where the ground has a lot of albariza soil - porous, white limestone/sand/clay/chalk. This sherry uses the palomino, pedro ximenez, and muscatel grapes. The grapes are harvested around September 8th each year. 

Sherry is unique in that it exposes the wine to air during ageing - usually something that is prevented. A layer of "Flor", or yeast, forms on top of the liquid and holds back the air. 

Barrels demonstrating the Solera system, Jerez, Andalucia, Spain
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Price per person: £0.00Deposit: £0.00
Andalucía is startlingly beautiful with the Sierra Nevada rising dramatically from the sea. On this three night break in Jerez you can explore the wines from the ‘sherry triangle’ made up of Jerez de...

Previous Tours

18 Feb - 23 Feb 2013
Price per person: £1,899.00Single Supplement: £300.00Deposit: £500.00
Andalucía is startlingly beautiful with the Sierra Nevada rising dramatically from the sea. The area has mild winters and most years that we have offered this Spanish wine tour in February, we have...

 

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"We are most grateful to you for the impressive list of sherries and wines that we tasted and drank last week. Notwithstanding the weather it was a marvellous trip. Please accept our gratitude for your wonderful, fact-filled and fascinating guidance. As our first experience of A&C, Jerez and sherry tasting, I can think of no better way to losing one's 'virginity' in that respect! I am sure that we will now wish to repeat this pleasurable experience."