Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Bodegas: Abárzuza y Cia
Having made a fortune in Cuba, the Abárzuza family, originally from Navarra, arrived in Cádiz in the first half of the XIX century. They were a talented family with a playwright (Luis), a painter (Felipe) and Buenaventura became a writer and politician, later signing the peace treaty which ended the Spanish American War, while his brothers ran a mercantile shipping business.
In 1888 the brothers Fernando and Luis Abárzuza y Ferrer established bodegas situated at the corner of Avenida Portugal and what is now Avenida Juan Carlos I in the Segunda Aguada district. They were one of only three Sherry bodegas in Cádiz. In 1899 the firm appeared in the Guia Oficial de Jerez as purveyors of wines and vinegars, and in 1900 they changed the trading name to Viuda Abárzuza and in 1906 to Antonio Abárzuza which remained till 1944 when it was changed to Luis de Abárzuza.
There was no DO for Sherry until 1935, but the bodegas were included in the Zona de Crianza, and in 1941 they were included in the DO since by now they also had bodegas in Jerez, in Calle Sancho Vizcaíno. Between 1942 and 1949 Fernando was secretary to the syndicate of exporters and the Cádiz bodegas were sold off in 1949. The trading name was changed again in 1953 to Sucesores de Antonio Abárzuza SL and remained the same till the 1960s when the firm was sold to Fernando A de Terry. This firm based in El Puerto de Santa María used the bodegas till they were sold off in the 1980s.
A block of flats was built on the Cádiz site in 2016 and the sub-district is now known as Abárzuza. Before construction, the site was excavated by archaeologists who found 127 graves dating from between the VI century BC and the II century AD.