For the past few months Osborne has been converting one of their bodegas, the 2,000 square metre Bodega La Vieja, into a reference point for wine tourism in El Puerto with a shop, restaurant and space to hold lectures and tastings. They hope to open the new venture in time for summer and double the number of visitors. The firm feels that visitors to the bodegas can round off their visit nicely with a taste of local traditional gastronomy and to that end are employing well-known local chefs. The converted bodega will have access from Bodega La Mora but a separate entrance as well since it will be open longer hours. As Iván Llanza, communication director of Osborne, says proudly “when our visitor leaves, they will know about wine.” Restaurants are not new to Osborne, as they already own quite a few all over Spain promoting their wines and spirits and their famous Iberico ham, Cinco Jotas.
|The old bodega at the corner of Los Moros & Comedias (foto:diariojerez)|