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Jerez de la Frontera, Spain: Sherry and Brandy

3. Jerez de la Frontera, Spain: Bodegas Gonzalez Byass Sherry and Brandy
If you have any predilection toward after-dinner drinks you've probably seen the Tio Pepe label of brandies and sherries. But you don't need to know an apertif from a digestif to appreciate the birthplace of Tio Pepe. Bodegas Gonzalez Byass kicks out far more wine than the more potent liquids, but once you get to the distillery in Jerez de la Frontera, you may not care what you're tasting. The town of Jerez de la Frontera sits in the hills of southern Spain, 13 miles from the Atlantic coast, and bathes in warm, humid ocean breezes—and more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. This isn't the small family operation it was when it opened in 1835, but you can still taste history: Some of the stills date to the 19th century, and one of the storage rooms is stacked with barrels that have been signed by visiting royalty and celebrities.
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Published: 11 May 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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