Established in 1792, Bodegas Hidalgo is one of the oldest Sherry producers in existence, it is widely regarded as the deﬁnitive Manzanilla house. Passing down from generation to generation, continuity and quality have always been the most important themes for the company, which today uses only grapes from their own vineyards in Jérez Superior.
Manzanilla La Gitana is produced according to the traditional methods as stipulated by the controlling body of the Denomination of Origin ‘ManzanillaSanlúcar de Barrameda’. Vines are planted in Albariza soil in ‘Balbaina’ and ‘Miraflores’ in the Jerez Superior District (200 Ha approx). Produced from only free run juice and using only the natural yeast found on the grapes, controlled fermentation takes place in water-cooled stainless steel tanks. The Wine is then fortified to 15% ABV using grape alcohol. It is then matured in ‘solera’ or ‘fractional blending’ systems using American oak casks, in the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Maturation occurs under a veil of yeast or ‘flor’, ensuring a light dry taste. It is only in Sanlúcar de Barrameda that flor can grow 12 months of the year, giving Manzanilla its unique style. La Gitana is bottled exclusively by Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana S.A. Under the original brand label ‘La Gitana’, one of Spain’s oldest wine brands and today, one of the country’s most popular.
The La Gitana is dry and refreshing, with apple, straw and nutty flavours all underscored by a salty tanginess. Lightweight, subtle and balanced. A perfect introduction to sherry. One of the best aperitifs served chilled in a wine glass. Ideal as an accompaniment to tapas, sea food, white meats, mild cheeses and nuts.