Term for sherry wines, which are also traditionally produced by smaller companies with the same name and stored and matured for up to 30 years. It was made by the sherry trading house Lustau introduced. The Almacenistas (German: Lagerhalter, Almacén = Lager) often produce sherry as a sideline or hobby, but do not fill it in bottles. Traditionally, they sell the unblended sherry wines openly in so-called “ventas” (sales halls) to the neighborhood and to restaurateurs who bring plastic containers for this. The better Almacenista sherries are sold to large sherry companies that use them to improve their own soleras.
Only in rare cases, however, are Almacenista sherries bought in this way bottled straight from the large wineries and sold under the name of the Almacenista. However, the very best qualities are drunk by the Almacenista family themselves and do not reach the trade. The term Almacenista is legally protected for such sherries from the Jerez de la Frontera region. All types of sherry and Manzanilla are available in Almacenista versions and almost always in exceptional quality. Fractions on the label (1/8, 1/17) indicate the number of barrels of the Solera system from which the wine comes; the smaller the number under the fraction (number of barrels), the rarer and therefore the more expensive the wine.