|An alquitara - very slow distilling..|
|Gonzalez Byass Lepanto Distillery Jerez: alembiques Charentais style.(foto:proensa.com)|
|Modern column stills at Altosa in Tomelloso (foto:altosa)|
|Interior of Alcomasa (foto:tomelloso.com)|
The heyday of Tomelloso was during the 1950s when there were no fewer than 60 distilleries. Their tall chimneys were a feature of the town, but from the 1970s, fuels other than coal began to be used making many chimneys redundant. Now there are only six distilleries, but they are much more efficient and their capacity exceeds the 1950s level. They are Altosa, Verum, Alcomasa (owned by Gonzalez Byass), Osborne, Fundador and DVT. Most Jerez bodegas simply buy specific spirit for maturation in their soleras in the Marco de Jerez, though some send specific wines for distillation. The distilleries not owned by Jerez bodegas also make their own brands. Between Spain's accession to the European Union and the removal of distillation grants, an average of 5.3 million hectolitres was distilled annually, much for export.
|It seems to go on forever...Domecq's famous brandy bodega: La Mezquita (foto:consejo regulador)|
|This beautiful old still was stolen from Valdespino's old bodega in C/Ponce|