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Founded in 1821, Barbadillo is currently run by the seventh generation of the family and owns 500 hectares of vineyards spread over two estates, Gibalbín and Santa Lucía, both of which are located in the Jerez Superior area. The Gibalbín estate has an extensive winemaking plant fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Barbadillo’s seventeen wine cellars are strategically distributed over the best areas of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The cellars occupy a total area of more than 75.000 m² and have an overall capacity of 35 million litres (around 65.000 casks), the largest in Sanlúcar.
For “San Rafael”, a touch of Pedro Ximénez (PX) is added to a dry oloroso resulting in this type of sherry known as an “amoroso.” Translated into English as loving or affectionate, the name pays tribute to the smoothness obtained during the lengthy and traditional ageing period.
Mahogany colour with bright highlights, the nose is full and rich with aromas of dried fruit, plums and raisins. The palate is medium dry, beautifully balanced, smooth and silky. The perfect sherry for those who don’t want a bone dry style yet find pure PX just too sweet. Great with puddings or blue cheese.