Bodegas La Cigarrera is located in the heart of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. La Cigarrera began life as an almacenista operation in 1758, owned by Joseph Colóm Darbó. Together with his son, he managed Colom & Compañia, in buildings leased from the monastery. The current bodega housing their solera of 500 barrels was started in 1891 in a former convent by Manuel Hidalgo Colom, the great grandfather of Ignacio Hidalgo, who runs the house today.
Ignacio Hidalgo is a ninth-generation cellar master who was one of the very first almacenista producers to begin bottling manzanilla under his own label, once it was allowed by law in 1997. Previously, the wines were sold to other famous manzanilla houses, including the negociant house Lustau, for bottling under their labels. La Cigarrera is a tribute to the cigarette/tobacco women who used to sell on the sidewalks of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It is a tribute to the pride, beauty, and history of this incredible Andalusian port town.
The key to the quality of La Cigarrera is the exceptional raw materials and the location of the winery. La Cigarrera Manzanilla is produced exclusively from vineyards in the Jerez Superior Denomination of Origin. They are still located in the original bodega from 1891 in the Plaza Madre de Dios in the Barrio Bajo (lower part) of Sanlúcar, possessing some of the oldest casks in town. La Cigarrera consists of three naves: Bodega de Colóm, Bodega de Cabral, and Bodega de Samilla, which surrounds a beautiful central Andalusian patio.
Unlike fino, manzanilla can only be produced in Sanlúcar de Barrameda due to the special microclimate of this seaside town, and the wines must be aged in Sanlúcar to be labeled as D.O. Manzanilla. The unique microclimate of Sanlúcar de Barrameda creates a very special "flor", or yeast, that grows year round on the wines, protecting them from the atmosphere. The growth of flor is affected by subtle differences in location within the town of Sanúcar and La Cigarrera is located in the ideal center in Barrio Bajo (lower part), giving the wine its distinctive character, due to the higher humidity. Higher levels of humidity can also be explained by the proximity of Doñana, Europe’s largest wetland, which is located directly across the Guadalquivir River.
La Cigarrera makes a robust, fine and complex five-year old manzanilla which has become one of the top references of the zone. Other bottlings include a very rare manzanilla pasada and amontillado viejo VOS from the Sacristía of the bodega. The Sacristía contains Ignacio’s family’s oldest wines that have been passed down through generations. This amontillado was started as a special barrel for Ignacio's grandmother and has never been sold until recently. Aged for over 20 years in the solera, for many generations his manzanilla pasada has been Ignacio’s family's drink of choice.
They also now produce excellent high-quality amontillado, oloroso, and pedro ximénez, the first to be offered in liter bottles. This project was thoughtfully hand-crafted with their loyal mixologist fans in mind, with the goal of elevating fine sherry in craft cocktails by offering an authentic, high-quality almacenista sherry, designed for blending. Understanding that the best drinks are built with quality ingredients, Ignacio is leading the way in a new category with these authentic almacenista bottlings from his historic 500 barrel bodega.