Juan Sánchez de la Torre founded Sanchez Romate in 1781 in Jerez to produce fine wines. More than two centuries later Sánchez Romate is one of the oldest bodegas in Spain and one of the few that remains in family hands. This has allowed the company to maintain its independence and continue making wines in the same time-honoured tradition. Over the years their quality has been rewarded with appointments to the House of Lords and the Vatican. To ensure quality from vineyard to bottle Sánchez Romate not only owns its own vineyards (in the best albariza soil areas of Jerez) but has also invested in some of the most modern facilities in the region, all of which are still housed in the bodega buildings located in central Jerez. These traditional cellars with their high ceilings keep temperatures stable and allow the natural yeasts to circulate while the sand floors keep the humidity at the correct levels.The ageing process is through traditional criaderas y soleras with 500 litre American oak casks filled to five-sixths and arranged in layers of three to four. The company produces three different ranges of sherry, from the classic Romate range to the Reservas Especiales through to La Sacristía (the company’s oenological treasures).