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Domecq

The famous company based in the city Jerez is the pioneer in Spain for Brandy de Jerez (Brandy) and the famous dessert wine sherry par. The story of its origins goes back to the 1730s, when Patrick Murphy, who immigrated from Ireland, started wine-growing together with a Juan Haurie. After Murphy's death in 1762, Haurie took over the winery, which included the best sherry locations in Carrascal and Macharnudo. Pedro Domecq Lebaye (+1839) was Hauri's nephew and inherited the estate from his uncle in 1794. At the beginning of the 19th century, the partners Ruskin, Telford and Domecq shared ownership and management. Under this name, the company dominated the British sherry market and rose to the multi.

The company was renamed "Pedro Domecq" in 1816. After Pedro Domecq's death, the company was taken over by his brother Juan Pedro in 1839. When he died childless in 1869, his adopted son Juan Pedro Domecq followed. A relative named Pedro Domecq Lustau then became a pioneer for the Brandy de Jerez and launched the famous “Fundador” (founder in honor of Pedro Domecq) brand in 1874. The activities then expanded overseas, so in Mexico a distillery is built and the brandy "Presidente" is one of the best-selling spirits in the world.

In the 1980s, there was a merger with the sherry company Harvey's, which continues to sell its products under this name. As a result, the Portuguese port wine house came Cockburn which has been owned by Harvey's since 1962. The best known and already legendary family member is Don José Ignacio Domecq, who died in 1997 and who received the honorary title "Sherry Nose" for his special tasting skills. In Jerez, the area under vines has so far reached around 1,000 hectares. All sherry styles are produced there, the best known are the Fino "La Ina" (the figurehead), the Oloroso "Rio Viejo", the Amontillados "Botaina" and "Dule Venerable", the Cream "Celebration Cream" and the Palo Cortado "Sibarita".

Domecq already had a winery in 1970 Rioja area was founded, subsequently a whole group called Spain Domecq Bodegas, Domecq was family-owned until 1994, when the Multi was sold Allied Domecq, but was still managed by Beltrán Domecq, a son of Don José Ignacio. For its part, Allied Domecq was smashed in March 2005 and the brands acquired from various international companies (see there). See also under largest wine companies in the world,

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