Jerez de la Frontera is known for its wines, cultural heritage and history, horses and flamenco. What better way to enjoy these tourist attractions than with a full stomach? Jerez is a land of wealth, which can be appreciated in its dishes. And today we will prove it by talking about its gastronomy, because to eat in Jerez is almost like an art.
The wines of Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera is internationally recognized thanks to its deep-rooted wine tradition. Wineries, vineyards and museums teach the tourist absolutely everything about the elaboration process of their wines, from the grape harvest to the bottling. Dry Sherry wines such as Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Palo Cortado; Sweet Sherry wines like the Pale Cream, Cream and Medium; and Naturally Sweet wines like Pedro Ximénez or Muscatel. A world-renowned designation of origin that has a wide range of prices and many wineries that work this delicacy with all the care and tradition possible.
One of the arts of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry is how to combine those wines with the correct recipes to enhance the flavor and obtain the most spectacular mixtures. In bars, restaurants, old wine shops turned into taverns and wineries from Jerez you will be able to learn all about pairing, as well as doing wine tastings. In Jerez de la Frontera, as in the rest of the province, tapas are an institution. That is why we want to give you a series of tips. Try Manzanilla wines with salmorejo, seafood or salads, or try cold meats such as Serrano ham or pork loin with a fine wine. For those who love vegetables and mushrooms, you should try a good Amontillado wine. You are going to love it! If what you want is a good hotpot dish, then you can choose an Oloroso wine. Finally, for desserts you should try a Pedro Ximénez wine or have a really cold Cream wine with an orange slice.
The tabancos may be the most emblematic place in Jerez de la Frontera. Former wine shops, today they are small taverns where to put your palate and stomach on the move with everything you have learned before. Most of them are located in the center of the city. Both the tavern and the tapas and wines served there will amaze you for their tradition. Jerez draws from wine, flamenco and horses, and you can see this in every tabanco. Try the best tapas together with the most exquisite wines and let yourself be seduced by the tradition of the tabancos.
Bars and restaurants
Jerez de la Frontera is one of the most avant-garde gastronomic municipalities in the province of Cadiz. You will find many bars and restaurants that work on a daily basis to mix tradition and innovation to create dishes that show Jerez’s gastronomic culture. In addition, all these places have managed to retrieve and maintain that air and tradition that surrounds the entire city, making you feel part of it while enjoying a pleasant meal.
The Jerez cuisine
Meats such as the Iberian sirloin, ox hamburgers, kidneys cooked with Sherry wine, pork rinds or oxtail. Recipes where fish and seafood are the main theme, especially the tuna in every way possible and with all the accompaniments you can imagine. Typical Andalusian tapas such as potato omelette, shrimp omelets, salmorejo or Russian salad. And do not forget traditional dishes such as minced garlic, or casseroles like vegetable soup, collards, artichokes or stews. A gastronomic walk through Jerez de la Frontera that will nourish body and soul.