A place in the world called
We are in the most important wine region of the South of Spain; it is formed in a fertile triangle created between the towns of Jerez, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María. According to Estrabón (Greek geographer of the first century BC), vines already cultivated in Jerez during his time, had been imported by the Phoenicians almost a thousand years before.
Productive region, seated in an area of chalky soils near the mouth of Guadalquivir River, which was originally flooded by lagoons and salt marshes that were known together with the name of “Ligustino Lake”. Once dried these lands, sediments and fossils that were deposited there over millions of years, turned with its extraordinary accumulation of moisture and long hours of sunlight on the vine, in
one of the best wine regions of the world and certainly the best of warm weather in Europe.
Working exclusively with
Pedro Ximénez Grape
A variety that reached the Iberian Peninsula during the reign of Charles I of Spainand V of Germany, when some peasants from the riverside of the Rhine and Moselle were recruited to constitute the “Spanish-German Army” also called “Tercio”, and accompanied the Emperor back to Spain after his proclamation in 1519.
Apparently, with the Spanish-German Army arrived the viticulturists who brought to Spain the first shoots of an unknown type of grapes in the Iberian Peninsula. It is a fruit with many similarities to the varieties “Riesling”, “Weissable” and “Elbling” but after developing in Spain its own characteristics for almost five hundred years, has come to not exactly match with any of them.
Among the Spanish “pagos” where the first vines of this new variety sprouted, highlights the “Pago de los Tercios” in the heart of Jerez, near the village of Las Tablas. However, it is documented that Montilla, Malaga and Castilleja de Guzman had grown also this variety. Although, over the years were the winemakers of Jerez and Montilla who assumed greater prominence.
The origin of the grape Pedro Ximénez is geographically situated between the Rhine and Moselle rivers, and is linked with the name of its first viticulturist in Spain,
that according to oral tradition, it was deforming and changing the word phonetically “Peter” by “Pedro “and” Siemens “by” Ximenez “. This theory is documented in the 1636 edition of the book “Cosmography Generalis” published in Amsterdam by the Dutch geographer Paul Merula.
Being consistent with
XIMÉNEZ-SPÍNOLA is the Jerez winery of the Successors of Philipe Antonio Zarzana Spínola, whose first documented exportation with notarial protocols dates from 1729, although in the cellar are not preserved manuscripts relating to its business activity until 1736, and on this varietal crop in particular, until 1752.
The circumstances of XIMÉNEZ-SPÍNOLA make it a unique winery in the entire frame of Jerez, since no other family of winemaking tradition has devoted and remains dedicated exclusively to the grape Pedro Ximénez, obtaining the recognition of Spanish authorities to grant the “Own accreditation: Pedro Ximenez Variety Denomination”
Our wines with own accreditation, have a significant differential value without giving up being part of our land in the frame of Jerez.
They are developed with techniques created by ourselves, which our family has been distinguished for being completely different to elaborations currently covered by the DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry.
Precisely for these differences when making wine and distilled, XIMÉNEZ-SPÍNOLA remains an independent and family-owned company with no interest in the production of large volumes but quality and loyalty of its followers. Consequently, by unanimous agreement of the Family Council, all our production is limited and numbered, making each bottle a unique piece, while ensuring the quality and excellence of its content.
We like our condition “House of viticulturists” which continues taking important decisions through the Family Councilor the Tasting and Selection Committee, and despite not wanting to develop big productions, we are proud to satisfy our customers and to continue in the occupation of our elders as they would do it today in our place.
The viticulture tradition of our family joins the desire to be surrounded by the best partners in each of the tasks that are part of our production processes. However,
there are products that without the soul and the breath of a longtime vision, perhaps centuries, could not exist.
Today, XIMÉNEZ-SPÍNOLA, after nearly 300 years, work with the same dedication that all previous generations, with eternal gratitude to those who left initiated the soleras and could not finish them, with the satisfaction of putting ourselves the basis of the elaborations with which our children will continue to do greater our name.