The star of the show is the salty, addictive manzanilla, but the best-known Sanlucar export is probably Barbadillo’s Castillo de San Diego, one of Spain’s biggest selling white wines. Several of the bodegas offer guided tours of varying lengths, but a number of local companies (try Sanlucardescubrela.com) offer tours that combine a trip round a bodega with a tour of a vineyard, an exploration of the glorious city’s historic heart, and various feasts and tastings.
Daily tours 11:00 to 12:15 (English and Spanish) and 12:30 to 13:30 (Spanish only)
Banda Playa; T: 956 360 516; firstname.lastname@example.org; lagitana.es/en
Bodegas la Cigarrera
Monday – Friday 11.00 (English) and 13:00 (Spanish). Saturdays 13.00 (Spanish)
Tours last around 30 mins and end with a tasting session in the 18th century patio.
Plaza Madre de Dios s/n (next to the Plaza de Abastos); T: 956 381 285
Large range of wines produced from grapes grown in 500 hectares of their own vineyards, and, with thorough tours and a Museo de la Manzanilla, a good place to learn how wine is made. Vast and glorious compound, occupying blocks and blocks of the historic Barrio Alto, and including La Catedral, the largest cellar under one nave in Spain .
The Museo de la Manzanilla is open daily, 10am-3pm.
Guided tours to the Bodegas & Museo + tasting (4 wines) available daily at 11am (English), 12pm (Spanish) and 1pm (Spanish).
Esquina c/Sevilla, next to Castillo de Sanlucar; T 956 385 500; email@example.com; barbadillo.com
Bodegas Delgado Zuleta
Tastings, visits to the Centro de Interpretación del Vino, bodegas and vineyards available in various permutations. Whatever you do, try the Goya XL, winner of best manzanilla in the recent International Wine Challenge.
Avenida Rocío Juardo, (next to the Hospital) T: 956 360 133; delgadozuleta.com/centro-de-interpretacion-del-vino/
Bodegas Herederos de Argüeso
The wineries are mainly 19th century but here and there it’s possible to see architecture that’s survived from the 16th century convent of Santo Domingo that was in this place first. The visitors’ centre stands next to the Church of Santo Domingo, near the fish restaurants of Bajo de Guia.
Open daily with tours at 10am. Check for more details.
C/Mar, 8; T: 956 385 116; firstname.lastname@example.org; argueso.es
Bodegas Yuste Miraflores (Ctra Sanlucar-Chipiona; yuste.com)
Bodegas Portales Pérez – Los Caireles (c/ San Francisco, 24; email@example.com)
Bodegas Covisan – Cooperativa Vitivinicola Sanluqueña (ctra de Jerez, km 1.3; covisan.net)
Plenty more information available at sanlucarturismo.com