Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Bodegas: Viña Santa Petronila

Established in 1737 if not before, this is the smallest Sherry bodega and surely the most beautiful, situated among its 17 hectares of albariza vineyard between the Pagos Tizon and Macharnudo Bajo. It once belonged to the firm of Fletcher Ivison who named it after his wife, Petronila Pastor, and now it belongs to the Norwegian Brita Hektoen and her husband Agustín.

Really it is a casa de la viña, and while it is a working bodega, its main focus is on vineyard tourism. The building is in its original condition only being restored where necessary, yet has all modern facilities, even a salt water swimming pool. Here one can learn – and see - all the processes of Sherry production from the vineyard right through to the glass, and how it was done in the past, helped by a wine museum with lots of old implements.

Naturally Petronila belongs to the Ruta de los Vinos y Brandies de Jerez, and groups of friends or families can stay here in this atmospheric house which can accommodate up to 24 people, and it is well situated in beautiful countryside full of wildlife, yet only minutes by car from Jerez. They can cater for all kinds of event: tastings, dinners, flamenco, vineyard work, ham carving, the list is almost endless. You only need to discuss your requirements.

The wines produced here, all under the name Viña Petronila are Fino en Rama, Amontillado, Oloroso and PX, the latter two are occasionally blended to make a Cream.

Address: Carretera del Calvario, km 3.5, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz
Telephone: (+34) 669 750 888

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