Name for sherry wines that are traditionally produced by similarly designated smaller companies and stored and aged for up to 30 years. She was from the Sherry Trading House Lustau introduced. The Almacenistas (dt. Lagerhalter, Almacén = camp) often operate the sherry production as a sideline or hobby, but do not fill them in bottles. Traditionally, they sell the uncooked sherry wines openly in so-called "ventas" (sales halls) to the neighborhood and to restaurateurs bringing plastic containers for them. The better Almacenista sherries are sold to large sherry companies, who will beef up their own soleras with it.
Only in rare cases, however, bought in this way Almacenista sherries are bottled by the great wineries and sold under the name of the Almacenista. The very best qualities, however, are drunk by the family of Almacenista itself and do not enter the trade. The term Almacenista is legally protected for such sherries from the Jerez de la Frontera region. All types of sherry and Manzanilla is available in Almacenista version and almost always in extraordinary quality. Fraction numbers on the label (1/8, 1/17) denote the number of barrels of the Solera system from which the wine originates; the smaller the number under the fraction bar (number of barrels), the rarer and therefore more expensive the wine.