The Designation of Origin
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Manzanilla began to be made and enjoyed as we know it today.
What we do know, though, is that Manzanilla was born from an ancient winemaking tradition, although the Designation of Origin wasn’t officially constituted until 1964. This landmark year was when Manzanilla was officially acknowledged as having a truly unique identity, thanks to a series of differentiating factors including its origin and traditional winemaking process.
Manzanilla has only one home, Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
Wine is made throughout the Sherry Region
The first written reference to Manzanilla
The vinegrowing industry appears
The earliest descriptions of Manzanilla winemaking
Considerations regarding Manzanilla in the first Wine Statute
Manzanilla As Part of D.O. Sherry Wines
The Constitution of the Designation of Origin
The one and only Manzanilla
On 26 June 1996, the European Commission acknowledged Manzanilla’s uniqueness, making the mention of its place of origin, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, no longer necessary. Simply saying Manzanilla was enough because there’s only one and it’s from Sanlúcar.
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A Passageway to the New World
After the discovery of the New World, Sanlúcar acquired new fame. It was from Sanlúcar that Columbus set sail on his third expedition and Magellan and his crew departed on the world’s first voyage around the world. As a consequence, Sanlúcar entered into an age of maximum economic splendour.
Its key location for exporting, colonising and trading expeditions to the Americas led Sanlúcar to be considered the major gateway to Seville and, as such, enjoyed greater strategic value and importance as a trading hub.
The wine produced in the region played a key role in these trading activities, not only as a commodity but as an indispensable provision for the crews travelling on the seafaring voyages.