Our final full day in Jerez was destined to be absolutely full on. Two visits, lunch and dinner kept us occupied!
We walked from the hotel to Bodegas Tradición. This was a new concept as the Rivero family purchased a number of old, high quality barrels from various producers in order to produce a select range of VOS and VORS sherries. The bodega was just within the city walls and from the outside looked somewhat unsalubrious. But inside, we discovered a delightful courtyard, totally covered by vines with a wonderful sense of tranquillity.
Plus there was a surprise…an extraordinary collection of art from a range of Spanish artists reflecting many centuries of style. Daniel explained many of the pictures in great detail before we headed into the relatively small (by Valdespino standards) cellar. Further Solera explanations ensued before we rounded the visit off with a superb tasting of their range. The wines are stunning with the highest price tags we yet.
From Tradición we drove for 20 minutes to Viña La Constancia. This is a relatively new Bodega set up in 1999 which also purchased some barrels from other bodegas. Juan was our wonderful host who immediately took us on an energetic walk in the vineyards to see some amazing views from the top of the vineyards.
As we reached the cellar a surprise was waiting…..tables, chairs, mood lighting, a stage.
However, before the surprise was revealed we looked at their vinegar ageing cellar and discovered yet more about the Solera system.
Then the entertainment began. Seven sherries, seven different tapas dishes and seven different Flamenco songs from an amazing singer, dancer and guitar player. This was unquestionably a fabulous first on one of my tours.
With enough time to relax, we then headed out for dinner at La Carbona – a top restaurant in Jerez – where a rather boozy night ensued with wines, Pedro Ximenez, Spanish brandy all in plentiful supply to wash down the delicious mixed starters, seabass, beef skirt and dessert.
A great end to our first ever Jerez tour.