Valdespino, a Grand Pagos of Spain member, is one of the oldest and very few family-owned bodegas in Jerez, with a history of sherry producing going back six centuries.
Back in 1264 Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X, against the Arabs. As a reward for his efforts he was given land in the Jerez region. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family who purchased the bodega in 1999. They own 750 hectares of their own vineyards in Jerez, which is extremely rare in this region, and allows them close control over grape quality.
They are the only bodega to make single vineyard sherries and are also renowned for their VOS (Very Old Sherries) with over 20 years of ageing and VORS (Very Old Rare Sherries), with over 30 years of ageing.
The Fino Inocente is one of their single vineyard sherries made from grapes from the Macharnudo Estate, in the High Jerez zone. It is also the only sherry which is fermented in oak barrels and boasts a Solera system with ten 'criadera', while most Fino Sherries have only three. Valdespino trademarked the term 'Sacristia' (the area of the bodega where the best casks of Sherry are kept) in 1910 and are the sole bodega permitted to use it. The inspiration behind the little padlock on the El Candido Pedro Ximenez bottle comes from when a member of the Estevez family put a lock on a barrel of Sacristia Sherry as a joke.
The Oloroso Solera 1842 VOS is produced from a Solera that was established in the mid-19th Century, while each bottle of their Pedro Ximénez Niños VORS is individually numbered and represents over a century of careful selection of the best wines..