The Sherry Triangle Route in Andalucia
The Andalucia region is your best bet to enjoy some of the finest wines and sherries in the southernmost point of Spain. With all the right components, the exceptional climate for winemaking and production of the grapes (almost 300 days of sun), sommeliers and wine experts to guide you on the ideal wine tasting, you'll be surrounded by the most divined fortified wines in the region. This route will take you to some of the best sherry bodegas in Andalucia, hitting all the towns that make up the Sherry Triangle: Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa Maria. Take this opportunity to relax in the sun, sip on some glorious wines, and enjoy the Andalucian lifestyle.
- Name route: The Sherry Triangle Route
- Suggested Duration: 3 days
- Total Lenght: 43KM
- Best time to go: Early spring or late Autumn
- Highlights: Bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa Maria. Beach front seafood restaurants, Andaluz architecture, and palaces.
- Best by: car
Jerez de la Frontera
One of the most populated towns in the Cádiz province, Jerez de la Frontera has fostered the sherry dynasties for 250 years, linking back to foreign entrepreneurs setting up wine trades in the region (Scottish, Irish and French). However, the bodegas have fully formed into the Spanish identity and have sprung into world class winemaking. Start your morning observing the rhythm of the local life by visiting the local market, where you can find all the local produce and meats that fuel the town. After, visit three of the top bodegas for your sherry tasting: Bodegas Lustau, Bodegas Valdespino and Bodegas Tradición. Their impressive cellars and expert wine guides will fill you in on the history and modern day makings of sherry. After your sherry filled day, you can take a wander around the provincial town, stopping to admire the stunning architecture of the convent of Saint Dominic, St. Michael’s church, and Alcazar de Jerez. You can relax at Tabanco el Pasaje for some fiery flamenco performance. For dinner, head to Tabanco San Pablo to sample some local tapas.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
From Jerez de la Frontera, you can take the A-480 towards Sanlúcar de Barrameda. This town is situated on the northern tip of the Sherry Triangle, close to the coast, and it is best known for its distinctive dry manzanilla sherry, which pairs wonderfully with seafood! The town was exporting wine all the way back to the mid 15th century. With its unique history entrenched in the stories of Phoenicians sailors and Moor conquest, this was the central point for ships and sailors to embark on their Atlantic trips.
Visit the Barbadillo, Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana and Bodega Hijos de Rainera Pérez Marín for some splendid sherry tasting. Walk around the heart of the old town, Plaza del Cabildo, where you can find a selection of tapas bars. To finish off your day, you can survey the beach of Bonanza or Bajo de Guía, where you can also take a ferry to Doñana Natural Park. On the beachfront of Bajo de Guía, you can find great seafood at Casa Bigote restaurant.
El Puerto de Santa Maria
Head southeast on the A-2001 to El Puerto de Santa Maria. The sleepy coastal town will reveal a charming, cobblestoned old square, free of cars with orange trees and the typical Andaluz architecture. El Puerto became a booming location for many merchants to build their palaces when Cádiz was overflowing with wealth and trade form the Americas. Distinctly characterized by the façades and patios of the historic buildings left from the colonial eras.
Ask to try their famous local 'fino' sherry, which gives a very light and dry taste. Again, the lively markets of El Puerto is where you should start the day observing the vibrant local scene. You can also wander outside the market area to taste some local cuisine paired with sherry and wine straight from the cask. Time for some sherry tasting, choose from Osborne, Luis Caballero and Fernando A Terry. The secret's out in this town, it has the third largest bullring in all of Spain, as you can see the audacious bull statue at Plaza de Toros. Since it is located right on the coast, the seafood here is a must try! Head to Romerijo eatery (founded in 1952) for some scrumptious fried fish or fresh seafood on the terrace!
For more detailed information on the bodegas, things to do within the cities, local food, and restaurants download the Jerez en de Sherry driehoek (Dutch language) travel guide.