Jerez de la Frontera - Fact 1

A chilled glass of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry. © Michelle Chaplow
A chilled glass of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry.

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.

 

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