Fernando de Castilla

  • Jerez, Spain
Rey Fernando de Castilla

Widely recognized as one of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Rey Fernando de Castilla was founded in 1837 by a family named Andrada-Vanderwilde. Fernando Andrada was the owner. They started producing brandy in 1956 (they are very famous for their brandy in Spain and Europe) and trademarked the name Rey Fernando de Castilla in 1969.

In 1999, the house was purchased by Jan Pettersen, a Norwegian with a passion for top quality sherry and 15 years experience at Osborne. After taking over the cellars of the sherry shipper José Bustamante, located next door to the main facilities of Fernando de Castilla, Jan quickly revitalized this winery, and today they are once again known as masters of the production and aging of fine, unblended, untreated sherries.
They produce two lines: the Classic and the Antique. The wines in the Classic line have lower alcohol, and are styled to be more, well, classic, meaning that these are wines that are textbook representations of their kind. However, this house’s reputation is based on the excellence of the Antiques, a series of intensely pure and complex single solera sherries that undergo extended aging in the cellar (the Antique PX is a 30-year-old system, while the Fino is 8 years) which results in sherries of great complexity and depth.

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB0875-NV
Sustainable
WA:92-93 
Fernando de Castilla Amontillado Antique
NV
Palomino
100% Palomino Fino Aged on yeasts for 5 years and ABV is increased to 19%. Later subjected to oxidation and Solera Aged for 20 years.
Spain

DB1726-NV
Sustainable
Fernando de Castilla Amontillado Classic
NV
Palomino
100% Fine Palomino. Aged under flor and later oxidized. Solera aged American oak casks for eight years.
Spain

DB0874-NV
Sustainable
WA:93
Fernando de Castilla Fino Antique
NV
Palomino
100% Palomino Fino pressed and fermented in stainless steel. Spontaneous yeast fermentation, unfiltered, and ABV is raised to 17%. Aged for...
Spain

DB0869-NV
Sustainable
Fernando de Castilla Fino Classic
NV
Palomino
100% Fine Palomino pressed and fermented in stainless steel. Spontaneous yeast fermentation, unfiltered, and ABV is increased to 15%....
Spain

DB0870-NV
Sustainable
WS:91
Fernando de Castilla Manzanilla Classic
NV
Palomino
100% Palomino grown on the estate-owned limestone-based vineyard. Solera-aged for an average of 3 years.
Spain

DB0876-NV
Sustainable
WA:95
Fernando de Castilla Oloroso Antique
NV
Palomino
100% Palomino Fino pressed and fermented in stainless steel. Aged in barrel and raised to 20% ABV. Aged for 20 years solera style.
Spain

DB1727-NV
Sustainable
Fernando de Castilla Oloroso Classic
NV
Palomino
100% Palomino Fino. Grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless steel and raised to 20% ABV. Undergoes oxidative aging in the traditional...
Spain

DB0877-NV
Sustainable
WA:93
Fernando de Castilla Palo Cortado Antique
NV
Palomino
Initially aged under flor to but then loses it when exposed to oxygen. The wine is fortified to about 20%. Aged for about 20 years.
Spain

DB0872-NV
Sustainable
WS:93
Fernando de Castilla PX Classic
NV
Pedro Ximenez
100% Pedro Ximenez pressed in barrel. As the wine begins to ferment, it is then fortified until the ABV reaches 15%. Upon completion of...
Spain

DB7538-NV
Sustainable
Fernando de Castilla Solera Gran Reserva Brandy
NV
Airen
Distilled from 100% Airén; aged 15 years in American oak (used Oloroso and Amontillado casks).
Spain