Albariza soil in Jerez

Albariza is an Andalusian name designating the white, porous, chalky-looking soil that characterizes the Jerez wine region located in southern spain (not far from the city of Cadiz). Grapes grown on that soil type produce some of the best ‘Jerez Fino’ and Manzanilla.

This soil has substantial amounts of limestone (around 40%), with the rest being clay and sand. It has a sparkling white appearance in the summer and the ability to dry without caking, steadily delivering moisture to the vine during the growing season.

It is to be noted that this soil type in not exclusive to Jerez as it is also present in the Penedes wine region (located North East Spain, close to Barcelona) famous for its high quality sparkling wines.

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