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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 house. In 1844, the first vineyards were acquired and produced their own wines. The house brand "Tío Pepe" (Uncle Pepe), named after José de la Pena, an uncle of the founder, was created in 1849 and is today one of the most successful and best-selling sherry brands in the world. Incidentally, the workspace of the founder was left after his death in 1887 as he left it. Great Britain was as today the most important buyer, the very successful agent for this sales market was Robert Blake Byass. He joined in 1855 as a partner, but only a generation later, the company was renamed González Byass & Co and remained for a long time in the possession of these two families. In 1988, the shares of Byass were acquired by the González family. Since 1997, the company has been run by Chon Gómez-Monche in its fifth generation of families.

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The farm covers about 1,000 hectares, of which 550 hectares are owned. For the most part, different, regularly highly awarded sherry variants are produced, since the 1990s also dry vintage. These include Alfonso Dry Oloroso, Amontillado Del Dulce, Apostoli's Palo Cortado, Elegant Dry Fino, El Rocío Manzanilla Fina, La Concha Amontillado, Nectar Cream and Oloroso Matúsalem. Stocks comprise over 130,000 barrels. In 2001 the sherry bodegas became the company Croft (belonged to Diageo) bought. 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 one Cava called Castell de Vilarnau. Since 1989, a daughter company in France is also a cognac the quality level "XO" from the Fine Champagne sector.

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