Harveys Bristol Cream is still the best-selling sherry in the world. The company dates from 1796, when it was founded by John Harvey in, you guessed it, Bristol. Throughout the 19th century Harvey imported sherry from Spain to UK, and distributed it around the world. Then, in the 1970s, the company decided to invest in its own bodegas in Jerez, buying traditional Jerezano wine-making premises, thereby converting itself from importer to producer. John Harvey is now owned by Allied Domecq, which also owns Pedro Domecq.
The bodega itself dates from the late 19th century, with a traditional colonnaded patio featuring a 100-year-old vine. The largest building is El Brigadier, which houses 6000 barrels.
The museum, located in the restored brick-built Old Distillery, was opened in 2006, and features original machinery and implements such as stills and presses.
Calle Pintor Muñoz Cebrian. Tel 956 151 500
Tours from 10am.
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