We are re-visiting and re-defining what has been previously known as 'Sherry Country' or the 'Sherry Triangle'. There is a host of new wine styles being released in Jerz which are simply not represented under the existing banner(s). 'el Marco de Jerez' is a new umbrella appellation hosting all of the wine wonders of this part of the world...and some of these will come to be regarded among the world's greatest whites.
Paola Medina has taken the helm at Williams & Humbert. Under her leadership, W&H present a series of astonishingly delicate, singular Finos and Olorosos - statically aged single-vintage wines, with terroir as important as bodega influences.
Bodegas Luís Peréz
Bodegas Luís Perez is run today by 'Willy' (Guilhermo) Peréz, son of this family business' founder, Luís Peréz, in 2002. Luís set up a bodega based on the singular premise that 'Jerez must go back to the vineyard'. Luís' first premise was to revisit historical Pagos, such as Balbaina, Añina, Macharnudo, and Carrascal Jerezano, and reassert their particular, historical wine styles, delving deep to unpick generic overlays, which had become habitual since the crash of Sherry.
Manuel Antonio de la Riva
Manuel Antonio de la Riva was a winery in the historical 'Sherry Triangle', founded in 1858 by the eponymous Manuel Antonio de la Riva, which enjoyed great commercial success due to the quality of its wines, initially sourced from Manual's vineyards in Pago Macharnudo. More than a century after Manuel Antonio established the winery, it was bought by Domecq, who added the solejares from la Riva to some of their best wines, such as the 51-1a (considered a historical wine from Jerez). Regrettably, with the decline and devaluation of Jerez after the 1970s, Domecq slowly began eliminating the brands of La Riva until, finally, it ceased to exist as a winery and the brand names were owned by Beam International. At the same moment, Willy Pérez's father LUís began his professional trajectory, working as a winemaker in several of the Domecq subsidiaries (Blázquez, La Riva, Florido, Hermanos y Sancho). Luís learned the vineyards, practices, and wines of the de la Riva brands just before they were deleted. With the historical knowledge of Luís to guide them, next generation winemakers Ramiro Ibáñez and Willy Pérez decided to recuperate the brand and its historical wines before they became entirely forgotten.