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  • AthensKiwi
    Athens, Greece87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Winery (Sherry) Tour
    We did the winery tour in English which we booked via Get Your Guide since we had trouble making an English online booking for the day we wanted. There was limited availability we were confused about the various food options and whether to book two tastings or four, but in the end it didn’t matter since if you are on a package with two tastings, and you want to taste more, they just bill you at the end. The whole tour was fabulous and we were fascinated by detailed information provided about the history of the bodega (aka winery), the Spanish family who have owned it for generations (Gonzales) and the English partner who helped market the sherry worldwide (Byass) as well as the unique geological factors of the region that make it possible to produce the sherry. The tour also covered the production process including the way the same grapes (Palomino Fino) are made into a variety of different sherries (including the most famous Tio Pepe brand). Our guide (provided by the winery) was called Lara and she had such an incredible passion and knowledge for her subject that it really made our tour special. She also took the time afterwards during the tasting session to engage with her groups and make sure each person was getting the experience that they hoped for. It was very hot (mid-August, 2pm) but the cool leafy canopies in the outdoor private bodega streets, and the high vaulted ceilings of the old wooden storage vaults which provide a natural air conditioning and cooling for the barrels, meant that we were comfortable throughout the tour. They even had a cute little train to take us around the premises to avoid needing to walk in the heat! All in all a great afternoon’s activity and essential if you want to understand one of the most important aspects of Jerez de la Frontera.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Kerry S
    Hobart, Australia39 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    So so, pretty property disappointingly not informative
    We were staying at the Hotel Bodega Tio Pepe and thought it would be good to have a tour of the bodega to learn more about the process of making sherry and the history of the place. The tours are a very commercial part of the Bodega’s operation - efficient and structured to ensure groups are kept intact and move through at a reasonable pace (hence a small train takes you on part of the route and there is not a lot of walking - which was okay). There was a 10 minute film celebrating the family which provided some historical context, although it appeared a very polished view of it and mainly appeared aimed at celebrating the family’s success (naming all the labels they now own) and it missed the opportunity to provide more information about the actual sherry being produced - the process and the different varieties. The tasting room is quite large and has a number of different tasting rooms enabling it to cater for many groups at one time. Our group was divided at this point into those who had elected to taste 2 and those who had elected to taste 4. Although we were told what we were tasting they were not identified when we were served, nor were we told which to taste first. It would be beneficial if the Bodega could produce and provide participants with a written (electronic form would be fine) summary of the sherry making process, the different varieties and what distinguishes each (production and tasting notes, and food pairing suggestions). We were not in Jerez long enough to participate in any other tours of Bodegas to compare which would be better however if they are similar then it would be unnecessary to tour more than one and the buildings and setting of Tio Pepe are delightful.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Tim H
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic sherry tour
    Brilliant and informative tour of Bodegas Tio Pepe - we learnt so much. Beautiful setting. We really enjoyed the whole visit and the sherry tasting and tapas at the end. Highly recommended and don't miss the great gift shop.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Cath W
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great sherry tour
    We turned up without booking on a Monday and bought the tour with 4 wines (sherry) to try and tapas. The tour was great. A short trip on a little train, walk through the barrel storage and explainations of what happens and where we were. After we got to try 3 wines and a spritz together with nuts and cheese snacks. The tapas was cheese wrapped in jamon, pork on a small piece of toast and 2 slice of cheese ( manchego ? ) together with a small bag of mini breadstick type crackers. We thought the tour was great and Roberto had lots of knowledge and answered all the questions. The site was amazing and the barrel warehouses smelt divine !
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
  • MMMH
    Dungarvan, Ireland783 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most enjoyable
    If you are a real wine expert or want to know a lot of detail about sherry making, then this is not the tour for you. However, if you are in the area on holidays and want to learn a little about the making of this famous drink in a casual, enjoyable way then book your tickets without hesitation. Covering approximately 20 acres a little train is used to bring tourists around the facility. You are then brought through some of the storage warehouses and shown a short promotional video (a puff piece, celebrating the brand but also informative) The tour is about giving a flavour of the sherry making process rather than providing in-depth information on the technical process . We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the sherry tasting at the end. All in all a nice way to spend an evening in Jerez.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Gab Z
    Liverpool, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    great fun!
    Booked our tickets on a whim with little to do in and Jerez and zero knowledge of sherry and had a blast. The tour guide was hilarious and really know her stuff You go on a little train/bus to start followed by a walking tour. We ended the tour with 4 large glasses of sherry on an empty stomach which was a hoot
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2024
  • permia
    63,240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Connoisseur’s tour
    Very fortunate to have such an excellent guide for the marvellous visit. She gave a great account of the impressive winery, from the little train excursion around the estate to engaging commentary in the vast warehouses. During the rounds she also told a fascinating story of a discerning mouse who likes a nightly tipple. With photos as evidence. Culminating in a tasting of a couple of their magical products.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2024
  • west1983
    London, United Kingdom323 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okay but could have been better.
    It felt very perfunctory. The guide rushed is through with a few well worn jokes and no time to ask any questions. Indeed at no point did she invite anyone to speak. That said, it is an interesting place, plenty of history and some good tasting. I would have liked much longer to read some of the signatures on the barrels especially.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 March 2024
  • Chris and Stella
    Toronto, Canada249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History and Sherry
    We went in a group. The tasting was well organized. Our ambassador Alexandro was knowledgeable and courteous with all our questions. He took us on a tour beforehand that explained the history of sherry, Tio Pepe and the whole process of the production from start to finish. The Property is beautiful. Good experience. Highly recommend.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 April 2024
  • Louise W
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom147 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underwhelming - wouldn't recommend.
    It was organised chaos as there were so many people booked on the tour. We had to be split into 2 groups with one group going onto the train and the other group walking to one of the cellars. It was hard to hear or follow what the guide was saying, it wasn't helped that there were families with young children who were bored witless (not unsurprisingly), the guide, based on her facial expressions, was not impressed with the crying and disruption caused by the children but there should be a age restriction. The actual tasting was poor with little information given.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2024
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Julia M
Durham, UK143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
We visited here and took the 2 hour tasting and tapas tour. We were a family/friend group of 5. We had a fantastic English speaking guide who was engaging, interesting and lots of fun. The tour includes a short film which was really good. The building and outdoor areas are simply stunning 🤩 and very photograph worthy. We thoroughly enjoyed this part. The tour ends with a tasting in the restaurant area and this is where it was disappointing. We were greeted by a lady who asked to see our tickets so that she could seat us at a table. She saw that there was 5 of us and immediately sighed and grunted and wandered off to look at the tables which were mostly set for 4. I immediately said a 3 and a 2 is fine and she just huffed and puffed and sighed and shrugged for 5 minutes for no real reason - she just wasn’t happy. I speak Spanish so she definitely understood me.
Eventually she beckoned me over and I sat down and she then gesticulated that I was in the wrong place and moved the glasses away.. I didn’t know what she was doing and our three family members were then seated away from us. I kept saying it’s ok, it’s not important but for some reason she seemed really annoyed with us. She deliberately served our tapas after everyone else leaving us till last. Our friends said she slammed the tapas down on the table. Really rude lady and for no apparent reason.
After the tasting we went to the shop and bought some lovely items.
We thought the guide and the general staff were wonderful apart from this one lady. Not sure why she’s doing a customer service job.
Other than this, we loved the tour and would return - perhaps Tio Pepe can remind their serving staff to be polite to customers at all time.
Written 3 September 2021
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Fleming75
Brighton, United Kingdom73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Don't miss if you are in Jerez; the website is a little unclear which tour to book so I emailed ahead for the English tour and you are given the choice when you arrive and pay for either 2 or 4 sherries to try after the tour and whether you would like tapas. We tried all four sherries and the tapas at just E2 more were really good value and would recommend this.

The tour was fabulous, starting in a land train around the original bodega village; it was so interesting and Melanie spoke excellent English giving us a good insight into sherry production and the importance to this area. We really enjoyed the experience and recommended to our daughters and partners in their late 20's/early 30's who went after us and also really enjoyed it.
Written 20 May 2022
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HelenA036
Altrincham, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Myself and my partner visited Bodegas Tio Pepe and we booked the 5 sherry tasting with tapas. Little did we know that this included a private tour with our own guide.
Our guide was Victor and he was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and passionate about the company (not surprising when his grandpa used to work there also).
We loved the tour and the barrels signed by famous people and the little glasses with ladders for the mice are something else.
Afterwards we sat in the restaurant and sampled 5 lots of sherry with matching tapas and honestly it was superb. Highly recommended and we will certainly return. A most enjoyable experience. Thank you Victor.
Written 11 January 2020
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Written 13 January 2020
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TheRestlessTraveller
Northop Hall, UK339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Having visited a number of craft workshops over the course of many a holiday. It is always interesting to see a relatively new one. I’ve visited a few wineries before but the option to visit a sherry winery in the heart of its birthplace and one with such a reputation was an easy one to agree to even if I’m not a sherry drinker. As part of our tour visit we had the standard walk through the Bodega taking in the traditional style storage area with aged casks with all the smells almost enveloping the group. The production and bottling areas and what appears to have been the family/business’ entertaining an early accommodation areas. All very much like a time capsule from the earlier use of the Bodega but the obviousness of it being staged or contrived.

We passed onto the tasting were I remembered why I don’t drink Sherry not really a criticism but a clear reminder at least to me that it isn’t for everyone. The positive of it being that if you don’t like it when you in the best place to experience it then you can far easily say that your feeling was right.

The secret bonus and something I feel many could appreciate was the ending where we saw a demonstration of horse dressage in the Spanish style with two majestic and magnificent Andalusian horse who really stole the visit. Their control and discipline wowed all those on the tour.

A wonderful visit and some great memories even for someone who doesn’t drink sherry. Recommend
Written 12 January 2021
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LightPacker521056
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
I thought the tour was terrible. It was very boring, you actually only see wine barrels. You only walk through the halls, in which a lot of wine barrels can be seen. It's cold and dark in the buildings.
You learn a bit about the history of the wine cellars, but you can also read about it. Time lost for me. You can save yourself the wine tasting and rather buy two bottles of wine for the money. During today's English speaking tour we experienced another very unpleasant story. There were two children in the group. A girl started laughing with another girl. The guide stopped the tour and started yelling at the girl and her mother. She yelled that it was disrespectful that she was laughing while she was talking. She couldn't stop lecturing them. For us it was very uncomfortable and disrespectful towards the child and the mother. Perhaps the employees should be better trained. It was a boring tour, waste of time and money.
Written 11 February 2023
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AthensKiwi
Athens, Greece87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We did the winery tour in English which we booked via Get Your Guide since we had trouble making an English online booking for the day we wanted. There was limited availability we were confused about the various food options and whether to book two tastings or four, but in the end it didn’t matter since if you are on a package with two tastings, and you want to taste more, they just bill you at the end.
The whole tour was fabulous and we were fascinated by detailed information provided about the history of the bodega (aka winery), the Spanish family who have owned it for generations (Gonzales) and the English partner who helped market the sherry worldwide (Byass) as well as the unique geological factors of the region that make it possible to produce the sherry. The tour also covered the production process including the way the same grapes (Palomino Fino) are made into a variety of different sherries (including the most famous Tio Pepe brand).
Our guide (provided by the winery) was called Lara and she had such an incredible passion and knowledge for her subject that it really made our tour special. She also took the time afterwards during the tasting session to engage with her groups and make sure each person was getting the experience that they hoped for.
It was very hot (mid-August, 2pm) but the cool leafy canopies in the outdoor private bodega streets, and the high vaulted ceilings of the old wooden storage vaults which provide a natural air conditioning and cooling for the barrels, meant that we were comfortable throughout the tour. They even had a cute little train to take us around the premises to avoid needing to walk in the heat! All in all a great afternoon’s activity and essential if you want to understand one of the most important aspects of Jerez de la Frontera.
Written 20 August 2023
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Nicola L
Folkestone, UK51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This was a Spanish/English tour and the guide spoke very fast. He was amusing though. Much of the information was provided on a film and we didn't see sherry actually in production. We only saw the barrels in storage and a mock up of one barrel with fermenting sherry. The place is tastefully set out and the sherry tasting bar was attractively set out.
Written 13 March 2020
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emvi-op-reis
Makati, Philippines266 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We were unlucky, because our guide had another group coming.
This resulted in rushed, uninspired story about what we knew already, (yes we do prepare) with zero to none interaction with the customers.
What is sold as tapas seem to be stale crackers with some cheese. No water or anything to rinse the mouth, hence unable to enjoy the varieties of the wines.

Written 11 March 2020
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Rodric L
Doorwerth, The Netherlands43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
The charge of €18 pp for a 2hr tour full of info repetitions and just two small shots of sherry at the final tasting was disappointing. The spanish guide spoke with a heavy accent which resulted in several bits of info 'lost in translation'. No freebies as thank you for visiting the bodegas? You can buy your sherry or wine at regular retail rate the shop.
Written 22 March 2022
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Miku&Mussu
602 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The tour was nice and versatile including a fun little train ride around the large bodega with various stops, a video about the history of the bodega, a walk through the wine barrels and sherry tasting.

Unfortunately it all felt a bit rushed. We were given 1-2 minutes inside the bodega where the guide gave a very brief explanation of their sherries and brandies and then rushed back into the train and onto the next stop where the same thing happened. We were hoping for a little less rushed experience with more information about the wines given by the guide, now most of the info we got came from the video.
Written 27 March 2023
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