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.
3.6.16 Agreement Reached over Sale of Garvey; New Sherry Launches
The Philipino Lucio
Tan, owner of Asian Alcohol Corporation, has reached an agreement with the administrators to purchase
the ailing bodega group Garvey and Zoilo Ruiz Mateos for between 20-25 million
euros. The deal will be signed as soon as the administrator gets back from
holiday – any day now, and will put an end to five long years of administration
and months of complex negotiations. Lucio Tan is not related to Andrew Tan who
recently bought bodegas Fundador.
Representatives of the Asian Alcohol
Corporation, whose flagship product is Ron Tanduay – one of the top ten best-selling
alcoholic drinks in the world – have been in Jerez to tie up the loose ends of
the deal to buy Complejo Bodeguero Bellavista and Bodegas Zoilo Ruiz Mateos known
as Grupo Garvey, formerly owned by Nueva Rumasa, as well as the supply and
bottling contract for Sandeman and the Cerroviejo vineyard.
Lucio Tan's Representatives with Beltran Domecq at Vinoble (foto:diario jerez)
The trade feels this is the best possible
outcome for Garvey which at the time of going into administration was in debt
to the tune of over 210 million euros. Then the firm had combined Sherry and
brandy stocks of 100,000 butts, but those have now dwindled to 10,000 as stock
was sold to cover workers’ salaries and administration costs. Lucio Tan’s
purchase came at a critical point – just as Garvey seemed destined for
liquidation. Let us hope this magnate, who also owns the main Philipine airline
along with interests in banking and tobacco, can turn this famous bodega around
and create more badly needed employment.
More new Sherries! Bodegas Lustau will shortly launch
a new Sherry, Amontillado Tabanco, which will fit between Fino and older
Amontillado. Meanwhile Bodegas Yuste is to launch the Amontillado Conde de
Aldama, a wine of at least 100 years of age. I tried it and it is incredible
that with such age there are still some Manzanilla characteristics and it is
not as tannic as one might have expected. It will be on the market at the end
of June. The Cooperativa Virgen del Palomar in Trebujena has launched a small
batch Fino en rama made from selected butts.