Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Wine Region Guide

Where Andalucian Charm Meets Timeless Elixir


Last updated: May 31, 2024


The Sherry Triangle, encompassing the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa Maria, represents Andalucia as its most seductive and alluring. It is a region of patios, guitars, flamenco dancers, and tapas bars that come alive when other cities go to bed. The town of Jerez de la Frontera, situated northeast of Cadiz, has long been its capital. Yet although Jerez lives and breathes wine as Epernay does Champagne, the production area extends far and wide to the south and east, respectively. This is the so-called Sherry Triangle: picturesque vineyards that supply the essential raw materials used to make Sherry.

But what is it, exactly? For centuries, winemakers have been adding grape spirit to wine (after its fermentation is complete) to produce this wonderful drink we call Sherry. This age-old process, known as fortification, increases the alcoholic strength of the finished product. It comes in many guises: Fino, Amontillado, and Oloroso styles work on various occasions, from apéritif to table wine to an after-dinner sip. Indeed, Sherry is the undisputed – and underrated – bargain of the fine wine world. Sadly, consolidation, closure, and takeover have meant that there are far fewer producers than 25 years ago – and less demand. But a noble crusade is being fought inside the walls of Sherry’s historic wineries as the category reinvents itself as a trendy tipple for image-conscious Millennials. The question is: are the hipsters listening?

Cellar Tours's Map of the Sherry Wine Triangle Region

Sherry Wine Region Map
Download Cellar Tours's Map of the Sherry Wine Triangle Region


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