Jerez Food and Wine Tours

Discover the Home of the Sherry

Jerez de la Frontera, more commonly known as Jerez, is best known for producing Andalusia's world famous sherry. But there is much more to this charming Spanish city. Once under Islamic control, it was later taken over by Catholic Monarchs. The Arab influence is clearly visible in the city's walls, fortress and mosque, as well as the culture and cuisine. The city combines these Islamic symbols with monuments of Christian culture including the Cathedral and the churches of San Salvador and San Miguel, which combine Baroque, Neoclassical and Renaissance styles. Alongside its varied architecture and excellent wines and sherries, Jerez is best known for its horses. A special breed of horses, named Cartajuna after the Carthusian monastery, is bred in the city, and the famous Royal Andalusian School of the Equestrian Art is located here.

When in Jerez, you can't miss out on a visit to one of its numerous wine cellars, where Jerez sherry and excellent regional wines are produced. Not only can you see how these traditional wines are made and taste some for yourself, you can also enjoy the fascinating architecture of many of these ancient cellars, including the Gran Bodega with its 4000 iron arches and the Bodega del Tío Pepe which is a protected historical building. 

Jerez's particular location, situated an equal distance between the mountains and the sea, makes it a perfect place to grow grapes and produce wines, and any wine connoisseur should make this city a number one destination. Some of the best-known sherries produced here include fino, a clear and dry sherry often served with aperitifs, Manzanilla, a drier and paler type of fino and Pedro Ximenez, a sweet dessert wine. Top quality vinegar and brandy are also produced in the area with the Jerez denomination of origin. The food often pays homage to the excellence of Jerez wines, adding sherry to foods such as meat, shellfish and fish. Other popular typical dishes include gazpacho (cold tomato soup), chickpea stews, torrijas (made from bread and wine) and tocinos de cielo (egg yolk cakes).

Jerez has a wide selection of different restaurants. Tapas is a popular way to eat, and you'll find great little tapas bars dotted just about everywhere around the city. Ajo Negro, which serves both tapas and Japanese cooking is recommended, or try Val de Pepe, a fresh, modern tapas restaurant or Almoriama which serves seasonal tapas and is very popular with locals. If you're in the mood to sample haute cuisine, the Michelin-starred Andalusian restaurant La Carbona is the perfect place to try local-style grilled meats. 

If you want to immerse yourself in the culture and cusine of Jerez, why not join one of our sherry tasting sessions or other food and wine events?

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