SPAIN | SHERRY | PEREZ BARQUERO
ABOUT BODEGAS PEREZ BARQUERO
Cuatro Rayas was founded in 1935 and has grown today to produce 20% of all verdejo wine produced in the Rueda appellation. The more than 2,150 hectares of the winery Cuatro Rayas are meticulously controlled by the technical department throughout its growth cycle, in order to obtain the highest quality at the time of harvest.
Lead winemaker Angel Calleja joined Cuatro Rayas in 1976. “Cuarenta Vendimias” (Forty Harvests in Spanish) was launched in 2016 to celebrate Angel's 40th anniversary at the winery. This limited-edition extraordinary old-vine verdejo is made using grapes from the vines he planted during his first year at Cuatro Rayas over 40 years ago.
D.O. Montilla-Moriles is the brother of D.O. Jerez. Both regions have a common tradition and produce similar wines, but Montilla’s location about 100 miles inland, benefits from more drastic diurnal shifts, less rainfall and particularly hot summers. Its wines are able to reach 15% of alcohol without fortification, adding complexity with a smoother profile. The soils are the same bright white albariza, cherished for the sunlight it reflects back up into the vine while not holding in heat at night.