Marco de Jerez

Marco de Jerez

History and Culture

The Wine and Brandy Routes of the Marco de Jerez involve the eight municipalities that make up the Marco de Jerez region: Chiclana, Chipiona, El Puerto de Santa María, Jerez, Puerto Real, Rota, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Trebujena, offering a marvellous variety of landscapes and wine tourism resources that enable new and unforgettable experiences.

The region in which the wines are produced under the Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Vinagre de Jerez Designations of Origin and the Brandy de Jerez Specific Designation, known as "Marco del Jerez", is located in the extreme south-west of Andalusia: the province of Cadiz, bordered by the mouth of the River Guadalquivir, Doñana National Park, the Atlantic Ocean and the countryside of Jerez irrigated by the River Guadalete.

 

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The Wine

A wide range of colours, aromas, sensations and possibilities.

Sherry and Manzanilla are among the jewels in the crown of universal oenology. They originate from Marco de Jerez, a region in southern Andalusia with more than 7,000 hectares of vineyard that boasts 3,000 years of wine-making tradition, during which it developed its own special production methods.

Its privileged climate particularly favours the growth of three grape varieties: Palomino, from which the dry wines are obtained, and Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel that provide its sweet wines.

A surprising range of wine types is obtained from these white grapes with their characteristic colour palate. Such diversity is the result of the type of ageing applied to the wine: biological ageing under a velum formed by flor yeasts, or oxidative ageing. Also the sherries are aged using a unique method: the solera system. This dynamic ageing allows an exceptionally long ageing period, giving them great subtlety.

One of the greatest qualities of Marco de Jerez wines is their potent versatility, from the palest to the darkest, from the driest to the sweetest, meaning that there is a different sherry for every time of day, every meal and every taste. Running the gamut from pale dry sherries like Fino and Manzanilla, to the darkest and sweetest like Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel, including a whole range of colours, aromas and flavours in between: Amontillado, Oloroso, Medium, Pale Cream and Cream complete a range that makes sherry the perfect wine for the most diverse tastes and occasions.