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Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla was founded in 1837, purchased and revitalized in 1999 by Jan Pettersen (a Norweigian with 15 years at Osborne). Jan also took over the cellars of Jose Bustamante next door and quickly established Fernando de Castilla as one of the region’s finest small, independent sherry houses. The company specializes in natural, unblended and unfined products as supreme examples of the ancient winemaking traditions of the Jerez region. The vineyards (farmed without pesticides or herbicides) and winery are all located in Jerez, all sherries are estate bottled. Manzanilla is a variety of Fino made exclusively around the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, with cooler temperatures that produce a fresher and more delicate wine. Grapes are grown on estate vineyard “Pago Balbaino” on white albariza soils containing 70-80% limestone and elaborated in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless steel. Headlined to 15% and subjected to biological aging under flor yeast in oak barrels for the traditional solera and criaderas system. The average age of the wine is 3 years.