The Sandeman Winery - Sherry Wine - is tucked away in the heart of Jerez de la Frontera and is incredibly hard to find. There are road signs to "Sandeman" but you are dropped at the next roundabout or junction. Local maps are not a lot of help as they misrepresent the junctions/roundabouts and give no indication of the direction of the myriad one-way streets. The winery is actually right next to the famous Spanish Riding School (Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre) which is also well worth a visit.
There are tours throughout the day - with English language tours 3 or 4 times a day. Our guide - Alice dressed in Sandeman logo 'Cape and Hat' - had excellent English and was clearly very knowledgeable about the winery and the different sherries and their "manufacture". The parts of the winery that we saw were spotlessly clean and very photogenic.
There are three types of tour (with different prices) - one with a three-sherry tasting at the end - one with a three-vintage-sherry tasting and another with sherry and brandy tasting. All tastings are accompanied by some crisps and bread-sticks.
BEWARE, however, of the offer - at additional cost - of "tapas" with your tasting. At Euros7.50 pp and consisting of a few slices of ham and cheese, it was a real tourist rip-off and spoiled the end of the visit. A real shame as the rest of the visit was most interesting!
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