Saturday 1 July 2017

1.7.17 Lost Jerez Bodega Reborn

For a town which has become so sadly accustomed to the loss of famous bodegas, it will come as wonderful news that one such is being revitalised. Jerez businessman Antonio Sánchez Gago has been working on the project for years already and has bought the name of the once famous bodega Fernández-Gao as well as the names of its most emblematic brands with the aim of returning some high quality wines and brandy from old family soleras to the market. The firm’s beginnings date back to 1750. His brother Juan Carlos, who has a degree in chemistry from the University of Cádiz, will be the oenologist. The new firm is called Fernández-Gao Vinos y Brandies SL.

They have been restoring old bodegas in the centre of Jerez which were in a state of abandon or had been converted to other uses. Currently they have two, one in Calle Pajarete (formerly Real Tesoro) and another in Calle Arcos which was the one where the original Fernández-Gao started out. They already have wines on the market; Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado all averaging 20 years old and a Medium-Sweet at around 12 years old, and the presentation is excellent. They are to be heartily congratulated.

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