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Country of Origin: Spain
People: Alberto Orte, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
|Bodegas Poniente Amontillado VORS Sherry, Jerez DO||Login||WA 93||<1 Case|
|Bodegas Poniente Fino Sherry, Jerez DO||Login||WA 94||In Stock|
Following the arc of history, winemaker Alberto Orte embraces his family’s rich tradition of solera system wines from Montilla-Moriles to create this unparalleled sherry project: Bodegas Poniente. Bodegas Poniente is named after the cool western Atlantic Poniente winds.
Bodegas Poniente sherries are the product of the thoughtful blending of precious, treasured soleras and criaderas from the 18th and 19th centuries with wine from Alberto's estate vineyards. Over the past few years, Alberto Orte has carefully selected and purchased old soleras and criaderas from sherry bodegas. These soleras are then refreshed in the traditional method each year with Alberto's estate production. Some of the resulting wines are over 40 years old and can be officially classified as VORS.
Alberto Orte owns 16 hectares of vines on pure albariza soil. The vineyard sites San Cristóbal, San José, and El Aljibe are located in the Pago Añina, one of three known pago sites in Jerez designated as Jerez Superior. 21 different grape varieties are planted in Viña San Cristóbal; such varieties include Tintilla and Vijiriega and many old clones of Palomino, some of which are over 60 years old. They are planted in the old format, trained in the traditional vara y pulgar, and farmed organically. The wines are produced and aged in their historical estate, a restored house tucked among the vines of El Aljibe.