Criaderas and Solera System: a system native to Jerez

This unique ageing system was created in Jerez in the 19th century, and consists of mixing younger wines with more mature brews. The casks are arranged in tiers: with those on the top tiers being occupied by the Criaderas, or young wines, and those closest to the floor, or Solera, by the more mature blends. When part of a Solera cask is extracted for bottling, it is filled with the same amount of brandy from the tier above. In this way, the younger brandies acquire the characteristics, aromas and notes of the older brews.