Cuckoo for Jerez, from its Sherry to its clocks
Posted on January 25, 2013 by sguese
Jerez de la Frontera, known simply as Jerez, resides just 87 kilometers south of Seville. The charming little Andalusian town wears a history that dates back nearly 3,000 years. Over the centuries, Jerez would find its speciality, sherry.
The French and Moors would name this liquor Heres and Scheris. Only the English would combine the names to make the most practical sense, turning the Jerez specialty into sherry. Aside from the golden sherry aged in casks, Jerez stocks up with other attractions, best seen throughout the modern and progressive town’s wide boulevards and old quarter. Then again, you can learn a great deal about Jerez merely by entering a bodega, where the wine is aged and bottled.
Experience the Sherry Triangle: If you hire a car while in Jerez, you can truly experience the Sherry Triangle. The triangle is made up of the vineyards to the north and west, marked by Jerez, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria. This triangle of settlements encases some of the best soil, called al bariza. The soil is of the highest quality, containing around 60% chalk. The conditions make this triangle ideal for the cultivation of grapes used in sherry production.
Get a taste of the famous Bodegas: After a few hours with Jerez, it may start to seem like this town is all about sherry. That could be true, especially throughout the town’s famous bodegas. In and around Jerez, you will find over 100 bodegas where you can see how sherry is made, bottle and aged. The most famous producers include Sandeman, Pedro Domecq and González Byass, the maker of Tío Pepe. A classic bodega experience will take visitors through the building which the sherry and brandy are manufactured.
Tromp through the Alcázar: After too many sherry tastings it might be time to walk it off at the Alcázar, the former resident of the caliph of Seville. The structure was completed with an octagonal mosque and ancient baths. The old Moorish fortress also surrounds in gardens you can stroll away that sherry hangover.
Tell time at the Museo de los Relojes: Jerez proves it is not all about the sherry at one of its more unique museums. The Museo de los Relojes, otherwise the Clock Museum, displays 300 British and French timepieces. Many of these date back to the 1600s, coming in all sorts of shapes, sizes and designs. It is thought to be the world’s largest collection of fully functioning timepieces and antique clocks.
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