Callejuela, Manzanilla, Madura
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Callejuela was founded in 1980 by Francisco Blanco Martinez, after having worked in vineyards for more than 20 years. He started by producing mosto which he sold to other bodegas as an almacenista, meanwhile making some wine for family consumption. Over the years he is able to buy vineyards in some of the best pagos, in total about 28 hectares in different parts of Sanlúcar, Jerez and El Puerto. Some of the best plots are in Macharnudo and Añina (Jerez) as well as El Hornillo and La Callejuela (Sanlúcar).
Nowadays his sons Pepe and Paco Blanco are running the business with a fresh mindset and aided by the young enologist Ramiro Ibañez (of Ximénez-Spinola, Encrucijado and other innovative projects).
In 1997 the company moved to the pago El Hornillo with everything from vines to bottling in one place. In 1998 the brand Callejuela was created. In 2005 the first bottles of Manzanilla are bottled (until then everything had been wholesale) but it wasn’t until June 2015 that a whole series of wines were launched, like Quinario, El Cerro, Blanquito and La Casilla. The bodega also had a rebranding with new labels at that time.
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