Emilio Lustau Winery Guide
Founded in 1896 by José Ruiz-Berdejo, he started growing vines on his family farm ‘Finca Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza’ and aging the wines before selling them to bigger houses, a system called almacenista. After he died in 1930, his daughter and her husband, Emilio Lustau Ortega, took control of the winery. The winery steadily expanded and moved to new premises in the center of Jerez.
In 1981, Emilio Lustau paid homage to their founder by launching a series called “Almacenista.”
The Spanish word almacenista means warehouse keeper or wholesaler. Almacenistas are usually small family producers: they buy young base wines (or produce these wines themselves) and mature them in soleras for several years. Once (semi-)mature, they are sold to larger sherry houses, which blend the artisan sherries with their own or are included them in the soleras for further maturation. Historically the larger Bodegas gave no credit to the Almacenistas;
Since its inception, Lustau has bottled sherries from over 20 almacenistas in this series. One of the most popular is the Oloroso’ Pata de Gallina’ produced by Juan Garcia Jarana. And today, Almacenista wines have become highly coveted treasures in the realm of sherry, sought after by connoisseurs worldwide.
Furthermore, Lustau has also established the Almacenista Club. The club aims to unite like-minded individuals who share a deep appreciation for sherry and to foster global interest in Almacenista Sherries. The club now has over 6,500 members worldwide.
Beyond the captivating wines, visiting the winery’s beautiful cellars offers an immersive experience, inviting guests to explore the storied history and craftsmanship that define Emilio Lustau.
Lustau Solera Reserva Puerto FinoFino, 100% Palomino, Alc. 15%
Lustau Solera Reserva PapirusaManzanilla, 100% Palomino, Alc. 15%
Amontillado EscuadrillaAmontillado, 100% Palomino, Alc. 18.5%, rare.
Emperatriz EugeniaOloroso, 100% Palomino, Alc. 20%, very rare.
Moscatel EmilinSolera Reserva, Sweet, 100% Moscatel, Alc. 17%
Pedro Ximénez San EmilioSweet, 100% Pedro Ximénez, Alc. 17%
Señor LustauBrandy Solera Gran Reserva, Palomino.
Facts & Figures
Jerez- Xéres- Sherry y Manzanilla
Area under Vine
Age of vines
Oak barrel origin
Juan Fuentes Romero
Palomino, Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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