A blog and review on all things Sherry. It is about tasting, enjoyment and learning more about the World’s Finest Wine. "Sherry is a thoroughbred" as Javier Hidalgo rightly puts it. Included are the amazing local Brandies and the remarkably good table wines also produced in the province of Cádiz.
George William Suter Stevens was born in Malta
in 1809. He went to Jerez in 1831 where he worked as a merchant specialising in
Sherry, forming the firm of Cramp Suter & Co. in the early 1850s. Despite
his initially unfavourable impressions of the town, he remained there for the
rest of his life at Plaza del Mercado, 10 and was married to Candelaria Miramon
Asencio. He was not only British Vice-Consul from 1869 till he died in 1887 but
also Consul for the Ottoman Empire. His partner was Francis Cramp (1820-1875) who
had been a partner in Port and Sherry shippers Offley Cramp & Forrester
since 1846, and brother in law of Joseph James Forrester who made a famous map
of the Douro. Cramp spent his time between Jerez, Oporto and London, while Suter ran the business in Jerez.
George William Suter Stevens
Suter bought wine, often from González Byass,
for resale in Britain and Ireland, where he had various agents. He was more of
a shipper and almacenista but still produced various brands.
Henry Vizetelly visited in 1876 and commented on the fine Fino soleras, kept in
a very dark bodega and wine dating from 1812 along with some other very old
wines which had been to Manilla and back, East India Sherry. The old wines were
evidently highly aromatic but rather potent. Perhaps Suter’s main claim to fame
was a map he drew of the Jerez viticultural districts, the first of its kind,
with Miguel Palacios in 1857. It could be that he got the idea from JJ
By 1877 Suter had bodegas at Calle Rincón de
Malillo, 7 as well as two houses, one at number 4 of the same street and the
aforementioned at Plaza del Mercado, 10, where he lived. The Cramp Suter Sherries must have
been good as for a while Bodegas Cayetano del Pino sold them under licence.
After Suter’s death the bodegas were bought by Bartolomé Benítez Lago, who sold
them in 1931 to Fernando Carrasco Sagastizabal.
Pictures and much info: Jose Luis Jimenez
Among the Cramp Suter brands were:
Jerez Viejísimo Añada 1840,
Oloroso Viejo, Una Raya, Tónico Reconstituyente, Málaga Blanco Dulce