Wineries of Jerez

Craig and I know a lot about wine. At least, we’ve drunk a lot of wine, in a lot of interesting places, which is almost the same thing, right? But one type of wine that we really hadn’t explored until we moved to Jerez was sherry — and it turns out we knew nothing about it. Luckily, though, many of the wineries in Jerez run comprehensive tours that explain the sherry-making process and end with a tasting of at least four of their products.

Not all of these tours are created equal, though, so make sure to consider your needs carefully before choosing which wineries to visit.

Beam (Fundador Pedro Domecq, Harvey’s, Terry)

Founded in 1730, Fundador is the oldest winery in Jerez. It’s now owned by Beam (owner of Jim Beam), along with Harvey’s and Terry. Perhaps their most well-known product is Harvey’s Bristol Cream, which you get to taste at the end of the tour. Read our review of Beam winery.
Price: €8 per person
Duration: 90 minutes
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Saturday 12pm
Also offer: Tour with tasting and tapas Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2pm. Extra tours in the afternoon in spring and autumn
Languages: English and Spanish
Address: Calle San Ildefonso, 3
More info: bodegasharveys.com

Gonzalez Byass/Tio Pepe

Only two tastes...

Only two tastes…

Probably the most touristy of all the wineries, Gonzalez Byass offers a wide variety of personalisable tours to choose from. I enjoyed visiting Tio Pepe’s cellar and the founder’s workroom, but you only get two tastes of sherry at the end of the tour. Read our review of Gonzalez Byass.
Price: €12.50 per person
Duration: 75 minutes
Hours: English tours Monday to Saturday 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 5pm. Sundays 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Also offer: A wide variety of personalised tours
Languages: English, Spanish, German
Address: Calle Manuel María Gonzalez, 12
More info: bodegastiopepe.com

Alvaro Domecq

Although the Domecq family sold their winery to the Beam conglomerate in the late nineties, the family has continued to make wine here at Alvaro Domecq. It’s a small winery that offers a good, solid tour that also involves a visit to the vinegar cellar. Read our review of Alvaro Domecq.
Price: €8 per person
Duration: 75 minutes
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am, 11.30am, 1pm
Languages: Spanish, English
Address: Calle Madre de Dios, s/n
More info: alvarodomecq.com

Diez Merito

Inside Bodegas Diez Merito.

Inside Bodegas Diez Merito.

Although this is a long-established company, they’ve only been running tours since mid-2011. This means that they’re not as well-known as some of the other wineries and group sizes are small. It’s one of the wineries to the train station, so if you’re arriving by train and are pushed for time, it’s a good choice. Read our review of Diez Merito.
Price: €10 per person
Duration: 60 minutes
Hours: Monday-Friday 11am and 12.30pm
Also offer: Tours with cheese tastings, day tours to vineyards, cooking with Sherry classes
Languages: English, Spanish, German
Address: Calle Diego Fernández Herrera, 4
More info: diezmerito.com

Sandeman Jerez

Located near the Palacio del Tiempo and the Royal School of Equestrian Art, this bodega is conveniently placed to form part of a larger itinerary.
Price: €7 per person
Hours: English tours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm. More tours available in summer
Also offer: More tastings at extra charge
Languages: English, Spanish, German, French
Address: Calle Pizarro, 10
More info: sandeman.eu

Williams and Humbert

The largest winery in Europe.

The largest winery in Europe.

The largest bodega in Europe is worth a visit, but it’s best to do it outside of high season — groups can be as large as 50 people. As part of the tour, you’ll have a chance to see a very small museum about Jerez, and if you’re in a smaller group, you might get to see the cheesy hologram of the Sherry Girl. A horse show is included in the price of the ticket at 12pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, book in advance if you want to attend.
Price: €7.30 per person
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am, 12pm, 1.30pm
Languages: English, Spanish, German
Address: Carretera Nacional IV, km 641.75
More info: williams-humbert.com

Luis Perez

This one might be a little difficult to visit for the casual tourist, as it’s located a little out of town and they only run tours for groups of ten or more people. However, you can join an existing tour if one is already booked — ask the tourist office to call for you. The tour includes a taste of three wines — not sherries!
Price: €15 per person
Duration: 90 minutes
Hours: Monday-Saturday 12am-2pm and 5.30pm-7.30pm (later in summer)
Languages: Spanish, English, German
Address: Carretera de el Calvario km 0
More info: bodegasluisperez.com

Bodegas Tradición

Inside the warehouse at Bodegas Tradición.

Inside the warehouse at Bodegas Tradición.

Although this bodega is relatively young (it opened in 1998), it distinguishes itself from the many others in the city by making its sherry the traditional way, with old-fashioned tools. The tour is one of the more expensive ones, but it includes a taste of all six products produced there as well as a visit to their small but impressive art gallery — they have works by El Greco and Goya. Read our review of Bodegas Tradicion.
Price: €18 per person
Duration: 90 minutes
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm and 4.30pm-6.30pm, on Saturdays in spring and autumn
Languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
Address: Plaza Cordobeses, 3
More info: www.bodegastradicion.com

We didn’t manage to visit the following wineries, and we had a lot of trouble getting in touch with them to confirm their opening hours — so it’s a little difficult to recommend them! However, these wineries apparently also run tours.

Bodegas Valdivia

Although their website is down and emails can’t be delivered to their email address, this bodega is up and running — and is located near the zoo, great if your group wants to split up or if you’d like two create a mini itinerary. The tour includes a multimedia show and a tasting of three sherries and a brandy.
Price: €12 per person
Hours: Monday-Friday 10.30am and 12.30pm
Languages: English and Spanish
Address: Calle Zoilo Ruiz Mateos Camacho, s/n
More info: villadelduque.com, 956 314 358

Garvey

Hours: Tours by appointment Monday-Friday 7.30am-3pm
Address: Carretera Circunvalación s/n, Complejo Bellavista
More info: bodegasgarvey.com, 956 319 650

Lustau

Price: €12 per person
Hours: Tours by appointment Monday-Friday 9.30am-6pm
Address: Calle Arcos, 53
More info: emilio-lustau.com, 956 341 597

Rey Fernando de Castilla

Price: €9 per person
Duration: 60 minutes
Hours: By appointment only.
Also offer: Lunches and dinners for groups of 15 or more people.
Languages: English, Spanish
Address: Calle Jardinillo, 7-11
More info: fernandodecastilla.com

Bodega Dios Baco

Price: €10 per person, minimum five people.
Hours: Tours by appointment Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.
Languages: English and Spanish
Address: Calle de la Tecnologia, A-14
More info: bodegasdiosbaco.com, 956 333 337

Emilio Hidalgo

Price: €10 per person
Hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-1.30pm
Address: Calle Clavel, 29
More info: emiliohidalgo.es

Almocadén

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm
Address: Calle Jardinillo, 16
More info: bodegasalmocaden.com, 956 185 324

Real Tesoro y Valdespino/José Estevez

Price: €8 per person
Duration: 120 minutes
Hours: English tours Monday-Friday 12.30pm, reserve in advance.
Also offer: Visit to horses and carriage museum included in tour, visit to art gallery at extra charge.
Languages: Spanish, English, German and French.
Address: Carretera Madrid -Cadiz, km 640
More info: grupoestevez.es

Viña la Constancia/H. Martin

Price: €8 per person
Hours: Tours by appointment Monday-Friday 8am-3pm
Address: Carretera El Calvario km 3.5
More info: bodegashmartin.com, 956 237 476

The following wineries don’t usually do tours for the public:

Bodegas Sanchez Romate

Although they don’t usually do public tours, they just might take you around if you contact them in advance and ask nicely.
Address: Calle Lealas, 26-30, comercial@romate.com

Maestro Sierra

You’ll find this one on lists of bodegas that run tours, but they no longer do so.
Address: Plaza Silos, 5
More info: maestrosierra.com

These links might be of use, but be aware that some of the information is out of date.

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