or Jerez de la Frontera

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Jerez or Jerez de la Frontera, city in andalucía , south west Spain, that is the centre of the sherry industry. Jerez is also the name of the do which produces sherry. In Spain the wine is known as vino de Jerez (or simply Jerez), and sherry is an English corruption of the Spanish word (while in France the town and drink are known respectively as Xérès and xérès). The town owes its full name to the fact that in the Middle Ages it was on the frontier between Christian and Moorish Spain. For more details of Jerez’s history and organization, see sherry.