Late 18th century
The busy streets of Jerez de la Frontera was proof of the bustling activity in the city, which was thriving thanks to the exports of its renowned wines. The wine sector’s boom attracted merchants from near and afar.
1781, Juan Sánchez de la Torre
It was a Spaniard, Juan Sánchez de la Torre, who established the foundations of the firm Sánchez Romate Hermanos, one of the few remaining wineries in the Jerez Designation of Origin which is still in the hands of local owners. In addition to achieving market recognition for the quality of his wines, Juan Sánchez de la Torre soon earned the appreciation of his fellow Jerez inhabitants: this wine-producer was restless, educated and a man of his time – the Age of Enlightenment – who lent firm support to progress in education and the arts in Jerez.
1887, fourth generation
Over time, the winery grew and adapted to the successive technical advances that were taking place while maintaining their respect for traditional methods. Over a century after its founding, the firm reached a milestone when in 1887 the fourth generation of the Sánchez Romate decided to create an exclusive brandy for the family and their closest circle of friends. This was the beginning of Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva, the firm’s flagship brand.
Milestones of the last
While maintaining their independence up to today, the winery has witnessed other important events in during its history. For example, in 1909 they were appointed as Official Purveyor to the House of Lords in the United Kingdom and shortly afterwards, in 1917, they were appointed as Official Purveyors to the Sacred Apostolic Palace of the Vatican. Today, the wines and brandies of Sánchez Romate maintain their international spirit, with a firm commitment to expansion across the rest of the world.
The Spirit of Romate
The Spirit of Romate
For over 240 years, this firm’s wines and brandies have maintained an open and proudly cosmopolitan spirit without losing sight of the traditional roots of their origins. Sánchez Romate employ painstaking wine-making techniques, which start with the white albariza soil, western Andalusia’s sunshine and air, the Palomino, Moscatel and Pedro Ximénez grape varieties and a unique microclimate. All stages of the production process respect the traditional methods: ageing in American oak casks, brandy distillation in copper stills and the characteristic Criaderas y Soleras system.
In the peaceful atmosphere of the wineries, the wine producers recall the ancient wisdom time and again. The unique production methods are combined with an ongoing modernisation process. Sánchez Romate’s installations and production processes have been gradually modernised with a fundamental objective in mind: to guarantee the quality of their wines and brandies.
Commitment to excellence
From the grapevine to the bottle, the firm is committed to the excellence of their products and service, guaranteeing highly appreciated organoleptic qualities, maintaining a close relationship with their clients and offering personalised attention. With these values and with a strong exportation impetus to share this quality with the rest of the world, Sánchez Romate has earned the favour and loyalty of several generations of consumers.