Indulge your senses with the exquisite beauty and flavours of Jerez during this scenic, half-day excursion arranged exclusively for Silversea guests.
Depart from the port of Cádiz and be provided a panoramic tour before you leave the city behind and drive approximately 30 minutes to Jerez.
Jerez de la Frontera
The charming Andalusian town of Jerez de la Frontera is well-known for its sherry wine, its origins extending back nearly 3000 years. The production of sherry wine closely follows the regions political history, influenced by the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Moorish, Spanish and British empires. The Phoenicians originally introduced wine production to this area of Spain. Slowly, with each consecutive political shift in Cadiz, aspects of what would eventually become sherry were introduced. With the Age of Exploration came the exponential growth of Cadiz as a trading port, and a starting point for ships headed to the New World. With this era came a need for a wine that would not spoil during long journeys, thus sherry became a staple for all ships (also expanding its popularity across the world).
Cellars of Bodega Tradicion
Continue the tour with a visit of one of the famous sherry bodegas in Jerez. During this guided tour through the wine cellar, your guide will go into great detail about the history and production of sherry. Bodega Tradicion is the only bodega in Jerez whose production focuses exclusively on the oldest of the wines and brandies.
The Bodega uses the soleras system to produce their Sherry; the wines are then hand-bottled. Sherries produced here will be classified as VOS - vinum optimum signatum - aged for more than 20 years and VORS - vinum optimum rare signatum - wine aged more than 30 years. These categories not only indicate the age of the wines, but their extraordinary quality. The highest quality Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado and Pedro Ximénez are all produced here.
Joaquin Rivero Collection
View the Bodega's art gallery which contains a selection of paintings from the Joaquin Rivero Collection of Spanish Art. A section of the winery has been carefully restored and will house a permanent exhibition of these major works of art which all visitors will be able to enjoy. The Joaquin Rivero Collection is one of the most important on public display in the whole of Andalusia. It is a private collection and brings together 300 major works by the great masters of Spanish Art from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
All the artistic movements that have characterized Spanish Painting over the centuries are represented as are the great names that have shaped the history of Western Art: Zurbarán, Velazquez, Hiepes, Labrador, Valdés Leal, Goya, Maella, Lucas Velazquez, Madrazo, Lucas Villamil, Carlos de Haes and many others. You will experience a unique journey through Spanish history and its art.
The visit concludes with a delightful tasting of the various sherry's, as an oenologist explains in detail the characteristic of the different sherry's - nose, colour, palate and recommendations how to pair them with food. The wine tasting will be accompanied by a local and traditional snack. Enjoy these specialties accompanied in the background by a flamenco guitar player.
There seems to be nowhere more quintessentially Spanish than Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucía. After you have been immersed in this city's flavours, make your way back to the port in Cadiz.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and it is suitable for guests with limited mobility. However, it is not recommended for those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable clothing, flat shoes and sun protection is recommended.