Valdespino is among few family-owned bodegas in Jerez and also one of the oldest. Alfonso Valdespino was knight who fought for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X, against the Arabs in 1264. As a reward for his efforts he was given land in the Jerez region. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family and they own 750 ha in Jerez. They are one of the only bodegas currently producing single vineyard sherries.
The vineyard is located in Jerez. The white ‘albariza’ soil, comes from a layer of earth rich in marine fossils. Thanks to the high content of calcium carbonate, its clayey texture does not split; it is soft when wet and absorbs rain like a sponge. When it dries out it forms a hard layer which prevents evaporation. This reserve of moisture encourages the vine roots to develop, some reaching to more than four metres depth.
Valdespino ‘Solera 1842’ is a V.O.S. – a Latin acronym which stands for Vinum Optimum Signatum (sometimes you also find the unofficial English equivalent Very Old Sherry). It is over 20 years old mix of dry Oloroso with 8-10% sweet, very old Pedro Ximénez who accounts for the 60 g/l sugar in the final wine. This makes the end result much more integrated and naturally sweet. Exceptional and characterful wine.