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 Valdespino wines are aged and produced in the area of Jerez-Xeres-Sherry, a sun-baked corner of south-western Spain that is also known as Sherry Triangle (beetwen cities of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlúcar de Barrameda). The soil where the Pedro Ximénez grapes are grown around the town of Jerez de la Frontera is high in silica and calcic carbonate.
‘Candado’ is the Spanish word for ‘padlock’, and each bottle is sealed with one. It is an old tradition which is still preserved and protects this delicious wine from anyone wishing to steal a glass. Pedro Ximénez grapes are picked extra ripe and dried in the sun till they become raisins. The wine is then aged for over 10 years which gives it a very dark, almost opaque colour and intense aromas of raisins, dried figs and dates with subtle hints of coffee and liquorice.