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González Byass

The world's largest producer of sherry was founded in 1835 by Manuel María González Angel in the southern Spanish city Jerez founded as a trading company. In 1844 the first vineyards were purchased and their own wines were produced. The house brand "Tío Pepe" (Uncle Pepe), which is named after José de la Pena, an uncle of the founder, was created in 1849 and is now one of the most successful and best-selling sherry brands in the world. The founder's workroom was left the way he left it after his death in 1887. Great Britain was, like today, the most important customer, the very successful agent for this sales market was Robert Blake Byass. The latter became a partner in 1855, but it was not until a generation later that the company was renamed González Byass & Co and remained in the possession of these two families for a long time. In 1988 the González family acquired the shares of Byass. The company has been managed by Chon Gómez-Monche since 1997 in the fifth generation of families.

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The company has a vineyard area of around 1,000 hectares, of which 550 hectares are owned. For the most part, various, regularly highly-award-winning sherry variants are produced, and dry vintage has also been produced since the 1990s. In addition to the aforementioned Tío Pepe Fino, these are, for example, Alfonso Dry Oloroso, Amontillado Del Dulce, Apostoles Palo Cortado, Elegante Dry Fino, El Rocío Manzanilla Fina, La Concha Amontillado, Nectar Cream and Oloroso Matúsalem. The inventory includes over 130,000 barrels. In 2001 the company's sherry bodegas Croft (belonged to Diageo). It will also Brandy de Jerez produced under the brand names Lepanto and Soberano. In addition, goods are also owned by the company Rioja (Bodegas Beronia) and a Cava called Castell de Vilarnau. Since 1989, a subsidiary in France has also been a cognac of the quality level "XO" from the Fine Champagne area.

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