A SHERRY HOUSE WITH AN INDISPUTABLE HERITAGE
Don Álvaro Domecq Romero comes from an ancient lineage wich is intrinsically linked to sherry and brandy production in Spain and throughout the worls. In 1999 Don Álvaro decides to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps and began to commercialize his wines under his own name Álvaro Domecq, S.L.. Since its earliest beginnings Bodegas Alvaro Domecq’s dream has been to produce wines of the highest quality so as to to differentiate them from the vast majority of volume oriented producers in our area. We only us ethe highest quality must wines that the Domecq family and their expert viticultural team choose from the best vineyards in the surrounding areas. Our carefully selected must wines quietly age in traditional American aok boots based on the traditional solera and criadera system. Our passion for quality, artisanal methods and the singularity of our wines have been rewarded by the excellent recognition that wine critics and consumers alike have given us throughout these years.
This ancient winery is from the XVIII Century and is built with the rock in the Mudejar style. It is to be found on the top of a hill in the southernmost part of the city wich is an ideal location for producing top quality sherry wines due to the constant cooling breeze that runs through our bodega wich originates from the sea.
In the summer of 2007 and Álvaro Domecq partners with Avanteselecta to form part of a collection of 8 wineries in 8 of Spain’s most representative Denomination of Origin. This partnership takes Bodegas Alvaro DOmecq to a new level of strategic vision based on innovation and growth within the Spanish viticultural sector.
Bodega Álvaro Domecq currently producers apart from the internationally renowned FIno La Janda, excellent Manzanillas, VORS Oloroso, VORS Pedro Ximenez, Reserve Brandies and some of what we consider to be the world’s finest reserve vinegars. Their portfolio is complemented with Montefusta Crianza from Rioja and with the lively Hacienda Montecorto Verdejo.
The origin of the vineyards in Jerez dates back to the year 1100 BC with the settlement of the Phoenicians. During the Moorish domination, Jerez continued to make wine in spite of the prohibition of alcoholic drinks, and after its reconquest in 1264 by Alfonso X, even the king had his own vineyard in the region. In the 12th century, the wines from Jerez delighted the English, French and Flemish and they were traded in their markets. This appeal forced the city’s Town hall to establish the Regulations of the Guild of Raisin and Grape Harvesters of Jerez in 1483 in order to govern the harvesting details, characteristics of the casks, ageing systems and commercial procedures.
The first Spanish Wine Law was published in 1933 and it made reference to the existence of the D.O. Jerez. Two years later the winemakers from Jerez, covered by this law, published the first regulation on this Denomination and established its Regulatory Council, which was the first one legally established in the country. The current regulation was approved in 1977 by the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Denominations of Origin “Jerez-Xérès-Sherry” and “Manzanilla – Sanlúcar de Barrameda” cover a winemaking region that is limited by the Jerez Region, which is in the north-eastern corner of the province of Cádiz. However, the bodegas located in the municipalities of Jerez, Sanlúcar and Puerto Santa María can also age and sell wines under this denomination.