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“We preferred this tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bodegas Fundador

Bodegas Fundador
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Jerez Day Trip from Gibraltar with Horse Show and Sherry Tasting
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Gainesville VA
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“We preferred this tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012

Less organized (read less touristy) than the Tio Pepe tour - but just a short walk from there. This is the oldest Bodega. Our tour guide gave the tour in Spanish and English, supplemented with some French for the one French couple in the group.

At the end, Domecq is much more generous with their tastings than Tio Pepe. We sat with a group from Malaga plus a single Japanese man and had a conversation as we sipped from various bottles at our table until they closed the place. Still don't think the tapas is worth the extra price.

Visited April 2012
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“Jerez’s Oldest & Loveliest Bodega”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

The Pedro Domecq Bodega was founded in 1730 making it Jerez’s oldest bodega. The bodega is also called "La Mezquita", the Mosque. It has gorgeous whitewashed walls and rounded Moorish arches based on the Mezquita in Cordoba. PDB's grounds are lovely to stroll around with several different gardens and patios. The Cloisters of the Dominican Convent date back to XIV century. They were restored by the bodega and transformed into a pleasant patio which can be used anytime of the year due to the ability to open or close a crystal cover over the central part of the patio.

I believe both Spanish and English tours start at 10 and 11am, noon, and 2pm Monday to Friday and Saturday tours May-Sept at noon and 2pm. Our English speaking tour guide encouraged questions and was very good at answering them. Our tour was unhurried and lasted about one hour. Pedro Domecq Bodega aging rooms have a number of barrels signed by famous people. One of its brandies is Funador, supposedly a favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway. Our guide told us several interesting stories. One of how the first Spanish brandy was created. When an Amsterdam purveyor refused a grape spirits shipment, Domecq was left with a considerable quantity of the high quality spirits residing in oak casks, where it remained for several years. By the time Pedro Domecq got around to tasting the stuff, it had turned into a quality brandy and the famous brand, Fundador, was born. Another about how Pedro Domecq became quite famous internationally for its classic sherries because of Ignacio Domecq, called "The Nose" (for his superhuman sense of smell and tasting abilities). When Don Ignacio died in 1997 his son Beltrn Domecq competently took over the helm.

Our tour visited both sherry and brandy areas and the tasting patio included 4 different varieties. I believe they were Fundador Solera, Terry Fino, Terry Centenario and Harvey's Bristol Cream. We had a whole bottle of all four at each table which allowed for unlimited sampling. Olives, crackers and water were also provided. (I am not a sherry/brandy connoisseur, so hopefully someone who is and has also been to PDB can add a review). However, those on our tour who were fond of brandy, did seem to enjoy their tastings, particularly the Harveys and bought several souvenirs.

Photos were allowed everywhere in the bodega. I took several photos of PBD's grounds, cask aging rooms and lovely tasting patios. But I forgot and included casks or bottles with PDB's commercial labels in the photos, so likely TA's editor's rules against advertisement will exclude them. Go to their website for photos/videos of how lovely the winery is and all their selections. Note: You need to check into the Beam Global Espana website by entering your date of birth and select the Bodegs Fundador Pedro Domecq / English icon.

Visited September 2011
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