Sánchez Romate | Jerez, Spain
Sánchez Romate, Jerez, was founded in 1781 by Juan Sánchez de la Torre to produce fine wines. Over two hundred and thirty years later Sánchez Romate is one of the oldest bodegas in Spain and one of the few that remains in family hands. Family ownership has allowed Sánchez Romate to maintain its independence and continue making wines in the same time-honoured fashion. Over the years the quality of their wines has been rewarded with appointments to the House of Lords and the Vatican amongst many others.
To ensure quality from vineyard to bottle Sánchez Romate not only owns its own vineyards—in the best albariza soil areas of Jerez—but also has invested in some of the most modern facilities in the region—all of which are still housed in the bodega buildings located in central Jerez. These traditional cellars with their high ceilings keep temperatures stable and allow the natural yeasts to circulate while the sand floors keep the humidity at the correct levels.
The ageing process is through traditional criaderas y soleras with 500 litre American oak casks filled to five-sixths and arranged in layers of three to four. The company produces three different ranges of sherry, from the classic Romate range to the Reservas Especiales.