Set up in 1729, Alvear are one of Spain’s most prestigious and internationally acclaimed Bodegas. Today’s Alvears are the eighth generation and all their ‘Goloroso’ wines are made from the Pedro Ximenez grapes, even their Fino.
Due to regulations we are not allowed to call these Montilla wines, Sherry, but they carry the same varieties, and of course the word Amontillado originated from ‘Montilla’.
Alvear are more famous for their intensely sweet liqueur wines, where the grapes are spread out on esparto grass mats to toast in the autumn sun, which dries the grapes until they are nearly raisins. Later, when they are crushed, the grapes will give a dense, raisin juice must, which will be vinified and aged to produce the lucious Pedro Ximenez wines. In 1999 Alvear PX 1830 was voted by Spain’s wine critics as the best wine in the country, beating : Artadi 1995, Vega Sicilia 1981, Pingus 1996 and Clos Erasumus 1996.