Country/Region: Spain - Sherry - Sherry
Leyenda is a Sherry brand made by M. Gil Luque at Grupo Estevez For Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD.
The origins of the Jose Estevez S.A wine cellars (Bodegas) are from the Jose Lena Rendon and Co. enterprise, which was established in 1809 for ageing Sherry and Brandy.
In 1894, Mr. Ruiz, the principal shareholder, changed the name of the company to his own: Felix Ruiz and Ruiz, S.A. At this time, the business reached as far as Northern Europe and South America.
Since 1974 the Estevez family has managed the entire company and in 1984 the name of the company was changed to Jose Estevez S.A. In keeping with the traditions of a family business, great importance has been given to the care of the ageing of the wines.
In 1982, Jose Estevez de los Reyes bought a large proportion of shares in the Marques del Real Tesoro bodega, taking over the whole company in 1985, injecting financial and professional support. By 1989 the Estevez family held a 95% share of the company.
In the same year, the Estevez family drew up plans for the two companies, Jose Estevez S.A. and Marques del real Tesoro, to collaborate, and transfer to brand new installations, which are in use today. These plans included the construction of new offices, ageing cellars, controlled fermentation, bottling, refrigeration and storage plants, as well as a large laboratory facility.
M.Gil Luque Winery joined to the group in 2007.
Varietals Produced: Pedro Ximenez and Palomino
The vineyard consist of Palomino grapes and Pedro Ximenez grapes.
With 800 hectares of vineyards in property, some of them in the famous and prestigious Pago de Macharnudo. Grupo Estevez is the third largest producer of wines from Jerez and one of the most important of Brandy, with 45,000 aging botas (500 liters barrels) and three bottling lines with a capacity of 45,000 bottles / hour.
The main Estévez Group installations are a major tourist attraction in Jeréz, which include guided winery tours, a sherry museum, an important art collection, a horse carriage display and a Spanish purebred horse breeding & training facility.