Day 2: Jerez de la Frontera
Strolling around this city will give you a chance to get to know and discover wine and horse culture first hand. You can visit a wine cellar –or bodega– to see how wine is produced, and even go to a wine tasting. Our recommendations are:
- Bodegas González Byass. One of the most important vineyards, with the largest lands and a long-standing traditional sherry production (or jerez in Spanish, hence the city’s name).
- Bodegas Marqués del Real Tesoro. Famous for applying the histamine reduction method to its wines. The facilities also have stables where thoroughbred Spanish horses are raised, old works of art are displayed and there is a wine cellar commemorating Lola Flores, with a folkloric sculpture.
- Bodegas Tradición. Contains a private collection of art with over 300 works by great masters of Spanish painting from the 15th to 19th centuries. Painters such as Zurbarán, Velázquez and Goya let visitors take a stroll through the history of Spain through paintings. This vineyard produces wines that are VORS Vinum Optimum Rare Signatum (Selected Optimal and Exceptional Wine) and VOS Vinum Optimum Signatum (Selected Optimal Wine), old and rare wines.
With respect to horses, there are two extremely well-known equestrian shows:
- The show ‘How Andalusian Horses Dance’, at the Andalusian Royal School of Equestrian Art. Show times: Tuesday and Thursday at noon, and an occasional special Saturday.
- The show entitled ‘Carthusian Horse Studs’ www.yeguadacartuja.com. Opening hours: Saturdays starting at 11.00 am.
More info of Jerez de la Frontera: http://bit.ly/18y2fBQ
| Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre de Jerez de la Frontera.