SHERRY

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - PROPERTY -

Cádiz province in the south-western cor­ner of Spain is home to the “Sherry Triangle” where the for­ti­fied wine is made. Once a sta­ple of the fes­tive tri­fle, it has be­come a trendy aper­i­tif. The triangle con­sists of Jerez de la Fron­tera, cap­i­tal of the re­gion, El Puerto de Santa Maria (a fish­ing port at the mouth of the river Guadalete) and San­lú­car de Bar­rameda, home of Man­zanilla.

Jerez is prob­a­bly the Span­ish city with the strong­est his­tor­i­cal ties to the UK, ac­cord­ing to Je­sus Fernandez Salido, head of prop­erty por­tal MiMove Spain.

He says: “Since the 16th cen­tury the UK has been the main mar­ket for sherry, and there’s even a mon­u­ment to Shake­speare, in whose plays sherry ap­peared [called ‘sack’]. Many Bri­tish wine mer­chants set­tled in the area, and Jerez taught English as a sec­ond lan­guage in schools – not French, as is the norm.”

Fernandez says the beaches of the Costa de la Luz are a pop­u­lar al­ter­na­tive to the busy Costa del Sol. “Prices took a great slump in Jerez in 2008 and are tak­ing time to re­cover,” he adds. In Jerez you can buy a three-bed­room house for €290,000 with Ch­ester­tons, or there’s a rare op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase a 19th-cen­tury coun­try home with seven bed­rooms, set in nine hectares of Palomino grape vine­yard for €1.79mil­lion (through Al An­daluz).

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