Know How Barbadillo
The origin of Barbadillo
The south, the sea and the wind
The origin of everything. The soul of the company. Barbadillo is the South and it is the Sea. It is Cadiz and it is the westerly winds. It is Sanlúcar and it is tradition. It is a centenary winery, yet it is the future. Barbadillo’s history dates back to 1821; the year in which we first began producing Manzanilla wine and since then we have done nothing but evolve as we continue to produce remarkable wines that are sure to leave their mark on all who consume them.
Our oenologists put all of their heart and soul into the winemaking processes, and thanks to all of their hard work, as well as the incredible white albariza soils in which our grapes are grown, we are able to offer our consumers truly unique wines. Our oenologists are professional experts who have spent a lifetime building their oenological knowledge through creation and innovation.
The Castillo de San Diego wine, which was first produced in 1975, is probably the most widely-sold white wine in Spain, and without a doubt, it is a wine that truly represents the pleasures and quality of life that the South has to offer. Manzanillas, Sherries, Brandies, Vinos de la Tierra de Cádiz… there are so many gems to be found in Barbadillo’s wineries.
With our own vineyards that stretch over 500 hectares, 16 ageing wineries in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and a red and white winemaking plant, Barbadillo is one of the largest wineries in the Marco de Jerez vineyard area.
Barbadillo in numbers
With you since 1821
The story of Bodegas Barbadillo began in the nineteenth century when Benigno Barbadillo moved to Sanlúcar de Barrameda from Mexico with his cousin Manuel López Barbadillo. Back in Mexico, Benigno had made his fortune through the real estate, pharmacy, loans and the importation of Spanish wines.
In 1821, when Mexico declared independence from the Spanish Empire, Benigno made the decision to return to Spain with Manuel in tow, and it was there that he purchased his first winery, named El Toro; an fine example of Andalusian architecture. Benigno sold wines throughout Spain, and began to export casks of Sherry to the United Kingdom and America.
The year 1827 was a real milestone for both the winery and the region, as this was the year Manzanilla was first exported, in casks to Philadelphia. This Manzanilla wine proved so popular that just a few months later Barbadillo placed ‘Pastora’ on the market, as the first, and at that time, the only bottled Manzanilla available for sale in the world.
Since then the company has been passed down from generation to generation of the Barbadillo family.
Montserrat Molina, was born in Gerona and she graduated from the University of Navarra with an Undergraduate Degree in Pharmacy, specialising in Industrial Pharmacy. She was later awarded a Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
She began her professional activity in the D’Espolla Cooperative in the Alt. Empordá Designation of Origin. In 1997 she began working for Bodegas Barbadillo, where she was involved in building up the R+D department.Her countless achievements include the production of the first “En Rama” Manzanilla wine (that is to say wine that is bottled directly from the cask) in the Marco de Jerez vineyard area, the recovery of the almost extinct Tintilla de Rota grape, and the production of a sparkling wine using the French Champenoise method.
“Only a land like Cadiz could produce such pleasant and bright wines; the perfect mixture of the soul of Andalusia and its white albariza soils. The south in its purest form. Oenological magic since 1821.”
Designation of origin
Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Vinagre de Jerez
Brandy de Jerez
Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz
White grapes varieties
Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Palo Cortado all come from this grape
and so too some of our white wines including Barbadillo Castillo and Maestrante.
Red grapes varieties
The soul of the land
White soil characteristic of the undulating topography of the Marco de Jerez vineyard area. Limestone that dazzles white in the dry months. Its high moisture retention capacity and porous qualities allow for the winter rainfall to be stored in the subsoils, therefore meaning that the vines remain nourished even during the dry months.
Albariza soil is rich in calcium carbonate, clay and silica sand that originates from the fossils of the marine animals that lived in the sea that covered this area during the Oligocene epoch, 23 million years ago.
The region & wines
Unique wines born from the perfect mix between the soul of an incredible land, the albariza, and the heart of our winemakers. Professional experts who put their knowledge of a lifetime at the service of creation and innovation of wines.
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