Jerez de la Frontera, a destination not to be missed when visiting the south of Spain.
A great idea is to combining the trip with a visit to Cadiz, reached by a short ferry ride from Puerto de Santa Maria.
Sample some of the world’s finest Sherry and view a performance of the elegant art of dressage on fiery horses.
The ideal place to enjoy both is the city of Jerez de la Frontera in the far south west of Andalucia.
Brands like Osborne or Tio Pepe are household names the world over and well known to connoisseurs of a great variety of ´finos´as the sherry which is produced in Jerez is called locally.
Seeing how the dessert wine is actually produced is an interesting experience.
Bodega Williams & Humbert is one of the oldest and biggest bodegas in Jerez.
Huge caves where over 50.000 barrels are stored, slowly maturing to perfection.
Stored in pyramid shape the ´fino ´needs at least five years to mature.
The lowest barrels are emptied only one third, then filled up from the one above and so on to guarantee the continuity of quality and flavor.
A part of the caves is a museum which exhibits interesting tools, scales and seals as they were used in the past century.