Escorted Rail Tours to Jerez
Capital of the Cadiz region
Seen as the capital of the Cadiz countryside, the grand, attractive Spanish
city of Jerez boasts many attractions, including its imposing
Moorish fortress, and ornate cathedral. Yet Jerez is actually
better known internationally for some of its trades - notably for
Sherry and for its incredibly well-trained horses. Jerez is widely
regarded as the birthplace of Sherry, which takes its name from the
city. It is believed to date back to the late Roman period, though
it only began to be exported to any extent in the 18th century.
Once exportation began, the demand quickly skyrocketed. Today a
number of the popular wine cellars are open to the public.
Jerez is perhaps best known for its horsemanship,
with which its history has been intertwined for many centuries; it
is home to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. The
horses here are descended from a bloodline created by Carthusian
monks, made by crossing Spanish and Arab horses. The school is
devoted to conserving these ancestral abilities, reinforced through
a series of special training and exercise displays.