At the end of the 18th century, the busy streets of Jerez de la Frontera was proof of the bustling activity in the city, which was thriving thanks to the exports of its renowned wines.
The wine sector’s boom attracted merchants from near and afar. However, it was a Spaniard, Juan Sánchez de la Torre, who established the foundations of the firm Sánchez Romate Hermanos, one of the few remaining wineries in the Jerez Designation of Origin which is still in the hands of local owners.
More than a century after its founding, the firm reached one of its main milestones, when in 1887, the fourth generation of the Sánchez Romates decided to create an exclusive brandy for family and closest friends.
This is how Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva, the house's flagship brandy, was born. Maintaining independence until today, the history of the winery has known other notable episodes. In 1909, for example, she was appointed provider of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, shortly after, in 17, she achieved the title of provider, of the Holy Apostolic Palace of the Vatican.
Today the wines and brandies of Bodega Sánchez Romate maintain their international vocation, with a determined expansion throughout the five continents. For more than 200 years, wines and brandies have maintained tradition, without neglecting new technologies and advances, and preserving their own identity.