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Bodegas Ximénez-Spínola, Spain

There are not many wineries that have built their success by focusing on just one grape variety, let alone one that has been permanently out of fashion, but that is precisely what Bodegas Ximénez-Spínola have done since 1729.

Working solely with Pedro Ximénez, they produce a selection of fascinating dry wine, dessert wine and sherry. However, there are not many wineries with such immense history and deep knowledge of Pedro Ximénez either, making them true masters of the grape and producer of some truly exceptional wines.


Vineyards are located in a prime location for growing Pedro Ximenez – between the towns of Jerez, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María. This area is made up of chalky soils near the mouth of Guadalquivir River, which was originally flooded by lagoons and salt marshes that were known as "Ligustino Lake". After the lagoons and marshland dried out, sediments and fossils that were deposited there over millions of years became the perfect soil type for vine growing. An accumulation of moisture and long hours of sunlight on the vine formulated what is known as one of the best wine regions in the world.


The winery produces a range of still wine, brandy, sherry and vinegar, all from the Pedro Ximenez grape variety.

  • Focused solely on Pedro Ximénez since 1729; a family business now in the hands of José Antonio Zarzana, winegrower and owner.
  • With 16 hectares of their own vines and controlling 32 hectares in total (almost half the entire appellation!)
  • PX is associated with sweet wine, but is capable of producing incredible dry wines … this is what Ximenez Spinola are championing and in José they have a compelling voice!