Saturday, 13 July 2019

13.7.19 Bodegas Urium Expand into Sanlúcar

The expansion of Bodegas Urium into Sanlúcar is beginning to reach its conclusioin. For nearly three years the Ruiz family have been working through all the procedures and formalities to convert their old building back into a bodega. This historic site was once the bodega of Viuda de E Manjón whose famous brand was Manzanilla El Rocío and which latterly belonged to González Byass till they dropped it a decade or so ago. Sine then the building was used as a restaurant (called Currito) for a while before falling into disuse till the Ruiz family decided to age their own Manzanilla. 

All the butts have been refurbished

This is not straightforward and naturally requires considerable investment, so the bodega has been filling up slowly, starting with 50 butts from Francisco Yuste and adding to that the best-seasoned butts they could find around the trade. They now have 104 which will suffice for the time being. There is still plenty of space however, as the restaurant only occupied part of the building, and one idea for that is a tasting room. Meanwhile they are working on a special limited edition Manzanilla to launch the bodega, and later on an Amontillado as well.

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