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Jerez-Xérès-Sherry

Spain

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The Jerez wine region is located in the extreme south of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain’s Andalucía area. Only wines produced in the Jerez region in accordance with specific, traditional processes can be called Sherry. Situated between the Guadalquivir and Guadelete Rivers, the appellation’s terroir is known for its rolling hillsides made of chalky “albariza” soil and the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Sierra de Cádiz Mountains. The production, ageing and maturing of Sherry is subject to strict, geographical delimitations within the region. The wines are matured for long periods using traditional methods, including the dynamic “solera” system, resulting in an enormous variety of styles.

Region

7,000 hectares of growing area

People

2,000 growers

7 cooperatives

100 wineries

Production

65 million kilos produced annually

55 million bottles shipped

70% of wines exported, generating $106 million

Impact

1,500 winery jobs

2,000 growers

10,000 indirect jobs

450,000 tourism visits to wineries each year

Primary Grape Varietals

Palomino

Moscatel

Pedro Ximénez

Unique Fact 
Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes. Centuries-old traditions and genuine winemaking techniques have resulted in an enormous variety of styles, from very pale, dry finos to deliciously sweet wines. A very versatile family of wines, Sherry is an incredibly food-friendly wine with many different cuisines, including Spanish, Asian, Mediterranean and spicy foods.
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