Sunday, July 21, 2024



La Gitana – supplied by Mentzedorff

Bodegas Hidalgo la Gitana was established in Sanlúcar de Barrameda in 1792 and is one of the oldest Sherry producers in existence. Established by the Hidalgo family over 200 years ago, it is still owned and run by the eighth generation today. They use only grapes grown in their own vineyards to make their wines.

Arguably, the most famous wine they produce is the La Gitana Manzanilla, named after a gypsy barmaid who, by all accounts, captivated her customers in turn-of-the-century Malaga and Eduardo Hidalgo in particular. Mesmerised by her animal magnetism, Eduardo decided to call the family sherry after this exotic femme fatale. Overall, the Manzanillas, premium and aged Sherries produced by the Bodega are seen as benchmarks of quality and style the world over. Recently, the Bodega has released a white wine named Las 30 del Cuadrado which is an homage to a unique 30-acre plot of 70-year-old palomino vines that are found inside the large Estate called “El Cuadrado”.

The terroir: The sherries of Bodegas Hidalgo have a double terroir. Firstly, the vineyards in which the grapes are grown on the finest albariza soils, and secondly, where the wines are aged. This is done via the solera process under natural flor. This process produces the innately saline, fresh manzanillas of Sanlùcar, for which the Bodega is most famous.

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