HARVEYS CELLARS SHERRY CLUB
SHERRY IS MADE FROM THE JUICE OF WHITE GRAPES, GROWN ON THE GENTLE HILLS AROUND JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA …
Sherry is a fortified wine blended and aged in wood made from vineyards in the far south of Spain, where extreme heat (summer temperatures regularly exceed 40 ºc) is countered by cooling breezes from the Atlantic.
The wines of previous years are blended together by a unique distilling process known as a Solera System. In this way, sherries of all varieties are made from the very sweet to darker heavier versions that have been allowed to oxidise as they age in oak barrels.
At Harveys Cellars we are pleased to offer an extensive range of Harveys and Gonzalez Byass Sherry products.
HARVEYS VORS RANGE
COME AND TASTE OF SOME VERY OLD SHERRIES
WE ARE ALSO PLEASED TO OFFER THE EXCEPTIONAL HARVEYS VORS RANGE – VINUM OPTIMUM RARE SIGNATUM OR VERY OLD RARE SHERRIES
Aged-dated Sherries were introduced as a new category of Sherry selected from deeply matured Oloroso and historically, only a few privileged people or important personalities of the 19th Century could afford to enjoy the taste of Oloroso wines!
The official certification that accredits their quality and age is offered by the Regulatory Council of the Jerez which has created two special categories of Sherry Wines with a Qualified Age:
- VOS – Vinos de más de 20 años, offered to wines older than 20 years old
- VORS – Vinos de más de 30 años, offered to wines older than 30 years old
The Harveys VORS range have been certified by CRDO (Sherry Council) and are of outstanding quality. Their Palo Cortado sherry has recently been voted the ‘Best in the World’!
SHERRY TASTING MENUS AND BESPOKE TUTORED EVENINGS
Sherry and tapas are a match made in heaven so come and try one of our uniquely designed Sherry Tasting Menus where we match the sherries to the tasting dishes for you or join us for a bespoke sherry tutoring evening where we will tell you more about the interesting art of sherry making and about these cellars which are steeped in sherry-making history.
Whether you are a corporate company or an couple looking for something a little different then these evenings will be right up your street. After a warm welcome with the Harveys Cellars Signature Serve Aperitif (Harveys Bristol Cream) we match sherries with carefully selected tasting dishes from our seasonal menus for you to try.
There is a type of sherry for every kind of food and with a little understanding of what’s available and what goes with what we will help make this tasting experience really memorable.
PRIVATE SHERRY TASTINGS
Perfect as a corporate function if you want to do something a little different or join one of our smaller groups if you prefer.
HOW DID BRITAIN'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH SHERRY START?
Jerez in Andalusia, South West Spain has been a centre of viniculture since wine-making was introduced to Spain by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. The practice was carried on by the Romans when they took control of Iberia around 200 BC and the Moors conquered the region in AD 711 and introduced distillation, which led to the development of brandy and fortified wine (sherry).
Sherry wine became very popular in Great Britain, after Francis Drake ransacked Cadiz in 1587. At that time Cadiz was one of the most important Spanish sea ports, and Spain was busy preparing an armada to invade England. Among the spoils Drake brought back after destroying the fleet were 2,900 barrels of sherry that had been on shore waiting to be loaded aboard Spanish ships. Needless to say this helped to popularize sherry in the British Isles and so our love affair with the ‘sack’ (sherry as it was once known) began!
Harveys Bristol Cream was famously created in the cellars at 12 Denmark Street, Bristol in the 1880s by John Harvey II and his brother Edward. Legend says that a French aristocratic lady visiting the cellars to collect her Harveys Bristol Milk was offered to taste a new blend. Upon tasting she commented that “if that is Milk then this is Cream” and that is how the name originates!