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The full name of the DO area is "Jerez/Xérèz/Sherry y Manzanilla de Sanlúcar Barrameda" and it is located on the Atlantic coast in the southwest of the Spanish region of Andalusia, northwest of Gibraltar in the province of Cádiz. At the centre of the "Golden Triangle" are the three eponymous towns of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It is a double DO or two sub-areas, as well as two other DO designations:

  • Jerez-Xérès sh erry eastern area): Designation for the classic sherry, which is the eastern DO area.
  • Manzanilla de Sanlúcar Barrameda (western area): special climate, where the Manzanilla variety is produced.
  • Brandy de Jerez: many sherry producers in both areas produce this spirit.
  • Vinagre de Jerez: this is a sherry vinegar.

The vineyards cover around 10,500 hectares of vines on the typically white soil, the colour of which comes from the chalky marl albariza (Latin alba = white) that predominates here. There are, however, small areas with sandy or loamy soil. There is a mild Mediterranean climate with little rainfall in summer and frost-free winters. Nevertheless, there is a high humidity coming from the sea. For detailed information on these alcoholic beverages, see Sherry.

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