As you know, Spain has the largest acreage of vineyards in the world; it has exactly 1.2 million hectares, representing 15% of the total. Archaeologists date the first grape crops back to the years 4000 and 3000 BC, although it was not until the arrival of the Phoenicians and Carthaginians when they began their first steps in growing vines.
When we talk about cultivation and production of wine in Andalusia the first reference to the famous Jerez “Sherry” (both words are derived from the Arabic ” Sherish or Seris “), as is known in the Anglo Saxon world. An anecdote is that the English in the sixteenth century decided to take control of sherry from Jerez and not always peacefully. In 1625 there was a last attempt by force: Cadiz was attacked for the control of wine, but as they failed, English, Scottish and Irish, go back to their “usual” and begin to establish themselves as winemakers. Surnames like Garvey, Gordon, Humbert or Sandeman associated with prestigious Cadiz wineries took their first steps in the commercialization of wine during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Besides the best known wines, vinegar and brandy from Jerez, Andalusia, whose topography and climate make it perfect for the cultivation of the vine has 6 prestigious appellations of origin: Condado de Huelva, Jerez, Sanlucar Manzanilla, Málaga, Sierras de Malaga and Montilla – Moriles. To this list of fine wines, Amontillado and Pedro Ximenez, must be added and in recent years in our land the appearance of red and rose wines. Focusing on our city, Seville, known for their high quality red wines of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla, for example “Zancúo” of the winery La Margarita, Constantina (Sevilla) or the great wine “Silente” from the Colonies Galleon winery, Cazalla de la Sierra (Sevilla).
Can you imagine a trip to one of these wineries? Remember all our Spanish courses include a monthly excursion in the province of Seville.
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