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Fiestas de la Vendimia in Jerez (2nd - 17th September 2023)

During the Jerez wine festival, you will be able to sample the many sherries produced in the 'Sherry Triangle', visit vineyards and learn how sherry is made.

By Nick Nutter | Updated 28 Aug 2023 | Cádiz | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites Favourites Icon or Read Later

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The Jerez wine festival is an opportunity to discover everything about sherry. Jerez de la Frontera is the hub of International Sherry Week in which towns and cities on every continent take part.

What to Expect During International Sherry Week

During International Sherry Week, you will be able to sample the many sherries produced in the 'Sherry Triangle', visit vineyards and learn how sherry is made. A visit to one of the bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera is almost obligatory.

It is not just sherry that is highlighted at the Jerez wine festival. You can also take part in cooking masterclasses and food and wine pairing exhibitions and find out the many culinary uses of sherry and sherry vinegar.

Here's a taste of some of the events happening during the festival:

  • Treading of the Grapes Ceremony (2nd Sep, 8pm, Catedral de Jerez): The festival kicks off with the traditional treading of the grapes. Free entry. The ceremony is followed by the inaugural concert at 9.30pm
  • Brandy de Jerez Mixing Days (2nd to 16th Sep, cocktail bars around Jerez): Discover new cocktails and blends featuring Brandy de Jerez in various bars around the city.
  • Masterclass Tastings (various dates, 8.30pm, Alcázar de Jerez): Specially-organized tastings by various bodegas. Prior reservations required as capacity is limited.
  • 2nd Great Sherry Tasting: From Jerez to Heaven (16th Sep, 8pm, Plaza de la Asuncion): Join 499 other participants in a blind tasting of 3 sherries, plus a flamenco performance. Registration required.

For the full programme (including how to register for events), click here.

International Sherry Week brings together thousands of lovers of Sherry wine in a multitude of events that take place simultaneously in more than 30 countries every year.

International Sherry Week is the world's largest celebration of the wines of southern Spain, and brings these exquisite and incredibly versatile wines to homes, bars, restaurants and wine shops on four continents during the first weeks of November.

More on Jerez de la Frontera

While sherry is a big draw for visitors to Jerez, there's lots to see and do in the city. Read our Jerez de la Frontera guide to discover what to see and do here.

Even if you visit Jerez de la Frontera outside of International Sherry Week, you can still experience the city's sherry culture. Try this 2-hour guided winery tour which includes wine tasting and learn all about the history of wine making in Jerez or this other 1.5-hour guided winery hour, if you have less time.

For an introduction to the city, this Jerez history and art walking tour is a great way to see the city's main sights.

Where to Stay in Jerez de la Frontera

While you can just spend the day in Jerez, it's well worth it to spend more time here if you can (especially if you plan on sampling as many sherries and wine as you can!).

Here are some hotel recommendations:

  • esZentrico Suites Jerez - An cco-friendly hotel that's centrally located with modern rooms and a rooftop pool.
  • Hotel Bodega Tio Pepe - In search of a luxurious break? Splurge on this 4-star hotel with a rooftop terrace and pool.
  • Hotel Doña Blanca - Stretch your euros with a stay at these well-designed and comfortable hotel rooms.
  • Azafran Jerez Apartamento - Prefer an apartment? This simple yet comfortable apartment is a great budget-friendly choice.

Or check out the latest deals in Jerez below.

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