A blog and review on all things Sherry. It is about tasting, enjoyment and learning more about the World’s Finest Wine. "Sherry is a thoroughbred" as Javier Hidalgo rightly puts it. Included are the amazing local Brandies and the remarkably good table wines also produced in the province of Cádiz.
8.6.14 GB Opens Archives; Valdivia Still For Sale; Sherry Should be DOC
Gonzalez Byass is opening up some of its
recognition of International Archive Day. On Monday the public will be able to
see some of the company’s historic records in two sessions, the first at 11.00
and the second at 13.00. These records show a fundamental part of the social
and economic history of Jerez as well as the family and business legacy of the
firm’s founder, Manuel Maria Gonzalez Angel.
Bodegas Valdivia (Foto Diario Jerez)
No buyers have yet been found for Bodegas
Valdivia. If times
were less difficult it would make an attractive proposition. It is a pristine
bodega attached to a beautiful old hotel, the Villa del Duque. The sale includes
furniture and cars, the bottling plant, the brands, the vineyards, website, and
the wine, which is being looked after elsewhere. It has all been divided into
lots to try and facilitate a sale. The liquidators are hoping to raise 16.5
million, but are far from optimistic.
Jose Ramon Estevez (Foto Diario Jerez)
Sherry should have a Denominacion de Origen
according to Jose Ramon Estevez, the president of Grupo Estevez. His is one of
the leading firms in the area with turnover of 103 million Euros, 800 hectares
of vineyard and sales of 30 million bottles annually.
analysis prepared for a forum sponsored by the Banco Popular and publisher
Grupo Joly, and in the presence of other bodegueros, growers and cooperative
members, he suggested this as a way to create employment, wealth and increased
prestige for Sherry.
He used the
model of the French growers who are prepared to sacrifice quantity for quality
and many of whose vineyards are classified. The Sherry growers should be proud
to be so.
would have to be made: everything that goes into a bottle of Sherry would have
to come from Jerez like the fortification spirit, for example. A change of
mentality from the growers is needed, and from the bodegas too. Sherry should
be repositioned as a unique wine of top quality, rather than an everyday drink.
Much more investment is needed in promotion, and margins would need to be
increased to cover that. (See Opinion)