|Manuel García Balbás|
He joined forces with his son in law, José Vélez Sánchez, also a montañés (from Herrera de Ibrio, Cantabria) who was married to his only daughter, Elisa García de Mier. José owned the bodegas La Cruz, Santa Marta, Santa Teresa, Santa Elisa, San José and San Juan, the latter two having originally belonged to the Irish merchant and cargador a Indias Robert White Fleming in the XVIII century. All the bodegas are located close to both the Atlantic and the river Iro, giving them ideal ageing conditions for the wines.
Manuel died in 1905 leaving his business to José who changed the trading name to Bodegas Vélez and consolidated the firms, becoming one of the most important wine suppliers in the Cádiz area. His brands Fino Reguera, Oloroso Claverán, Amontillado Solera 1891 and Moscatel Especial were well known (and are still produced). José died in 1960 and his heirs converted the firm to a limited company, but it is still in family hands and the bodegas extend to some 15,000 square metres in the centre of Chiclana. Being located here, in the Production Zone, they cannot sett their wine as Sherry, but they do a bit of Sherry cask seasoning for the whisky trade.
|Bodega Pieza Nueva houses the Fino Reguera solera|