Meet: los Hermanos Blancos - Pepe y paco, producers of incredible Palominos from el Marco de Jerez, some fortified and some not, variously with, or without flor. Their father, Francisco Blanco Martínez, 'El Blanquito', founded the business in 1980. Originally, he worked as an almacenista de mosto - he farmed his vineyards and made base wine, which was then sold to bottling houses, who fortified it to become sobretablas ready to enter their soleras. Nowadays, Francisco's sons Pepe and Paco Blanco run the project, with 28 hectares of own vines across four pagos. In Sanluúcar de Barrameda, they have holdings in Pagos Callejuela and el Hornillo, while in Jerez they own parts of pagos Macharnudo and Añina. They hold 700 botas in their bodega, about 500 of which are ageing biologically. Callejuela became a brand in 1998 and entered the Manzanilla market in 2005, but its current face only hit the market in 2015. Callejuela is an incredibly dynamic producer, producing table wines (some with, some without flor), fortified Finos labelled as Manzanilla, and other sherry styles. Some are aged dynamically, others statically. Terroir of origin (pago location) is as important as is that of the bodega (where the wines are yeasted and aged).

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