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Jerez de la Frontera - Fascinating Fact 1

Sherry and Tapas © Michelle Chaplow
A chilled glass of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry with tapas, the sherry grapes and the branding irons used on the Sherry Barrels

XERES, JEREZ, OR JUST PLAIN SHERRY?

The city's name started out as "Xeres" in Roman times (though the Phoenicians were here before them), then became "Sherrish" under its Moorish rulers (giving its name to the fortified wine), finally ending up as "Jerez de la Frontera" in the late 14th century, due to its location on the border of the Muslim and Christian-ruled regions. In Catalan, Italian and French, sherry is still called "Xeres", harking back to the Roman/medieval Castillian word, "Xerez". The official denomination de origen is called Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, bringing together all of its long, rich history.

 

 

  • Fact 1 - Did you know that Jerez can trace its origins back to Roman times?
  • Fact 2 - Want to see how sherry is made? Then get thee to a bodega, or even a museum
  • Fact 3 - The British have had a presence in Jerez for centuries
  • Fact 4 - The elegant horse-rider wearing his grey suit is a classic Jerez image
  • Fact 5 - Home to Lola Flores, the city has a strong flamenco tradition
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A chilled glass of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry. © Michelle Chaplow
A chilled glass of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry.

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