The Professional Association of Artisan Bodegas of Sanlúcar is threatening a breakaway Consejo Regulador based in Sanlúcar, and it has the support of the town council. The reaction to the recent High Court of Andalucía ruling on BIB has taken a few days to come, but after a meeting yesterday with the town’s mayor, Victor Mora, the council released a communiqué saying that the Association had requested a viability study on the establishment of an independent Consejo Regulador based in Sanlúcar. It feels that the interests of Manzanilla would be best served this way, and not by a Consejo run predominantly by Jerez bodegas which cannot produce Manzanilla.
|Yesterday's meeting in sanlucar (foto:andaluciainformacion)|
This would imply a complete break with the Consejo in Jerez which has always governed the two DOs of Jerez-Xeres-Sherry and Manzanilla de Sanlúcar since the latter was given DO status in 1965. However the Association does not represent all the bodegas, and the three which between them sell the lion’s share of Manzanilla: Barbadillo, Delgado Zuleta and La Guita, are not members, though La Guita is not counted as it is owned by Jerez based Estévez. A spokesman for the Association says that although they have not yet been in contact with the big bodegas, they are not ruling out their interest.