Sherry: Organization of the trade

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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The majority of properties are small, averaging little over a hectare. Growers typically sell their grapes either directly to a shipper or to one of seven co-operatives. Some co-ops maintain their own soleras but most sell the wine to one of the sherry bodegas.

Four classes of sherry bodega are recognized by the Consejo Regulador:

Bodegas de Producción: winemaking bodegas which are not permitted to mature wine.

Bodegas de Elaboración: winemaking bodegas which are allowed to hold stocks of wine for a short period of time before selling it on.