Jerez de la Frontera - Fact 2

Visit a bodega to discover the different stages of the Sherry production process  © Michelle Chaplow
Visit a bodega to discover the different stages of the Sherry production process

MERRY SHERRY

You can visit at least 100 sherry bodegas (wineries) in Jerez itself, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria the three points of the so-called "Sherry Triangle", to see how the different stages of the production process - pressing, aging, mixing. Many sherry bodegas have strong British connections (see Fact III). If your interest extends beyond the bodega tours, or you're visiting in August, when most of the bodegas are closed, the Misterio de Jerez section of the new Atalaya museum has state-of-the-art exhibits about sherry. In September, the annual Grape Harvest Festival (Fiesta de la Vendimia) takes place, with horse shows (see Fact IV) and flamenco (see Fact V); on the first day (a Saturday), grapes are ceremonially blessed on the steps of the cathedral.

 

The laden vines of Jerez © Michelle Chaplow
The laden vines of Jerez

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