Wine is the main axis of Peregil's Taverns, due to their owner's origins, that came from
a wine-producing village called Manzanilla, in the province of Huelva, despite there is the same distance to Seville.
At the beginning wine cellar stores were created and as time went by they turned into taverns. In this places only white wine were served, which was made by the founder of these taverns, Francisco Gutiérrez Romero, who crushed grapes, previously harvested from his lands, with his own feet. After thant he only had to distribute in to several selling points across the lands he owned which were located in an area called La Goleta.
This white wine is a young wine that has nothing in common with the typical manzanilla wine from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, although there is a theory that is supported by people from Huelva, which claims that the name comes from the name of the little village of Manzanilla.
This theory reminds us how in former times, wines from Condado de Huelva were transported through Coto de Doņana to the mouth of Guadalquivir river, where they were loades onto boats for crossing the Atlantic Ocean to get to The New World when wines of the province of Cádiz were not as famous as they are today.
It is said than Cristóbal Colón carried wine from Condado de Huelva with him. And people say that once, barriques of wine brought from the other side of the river, were left high and dry in Sanlúcar due to bad weather conditions that hampered boats to set sail to America. Somebody found it and tasted it whilst wondering - "Where does this wine come from ?" - "This wine comes from Manzanilla", and so the name was settled down with the name of the village of Huelva.
The theory from Cádiz is based on the appearance of the wine's bacterial flora that arises on the surface of wine inside barriques during its 3 years aging process which looks like a manzanilla flower. This type of wine is called crianza and people from Sanlúcar say that there is the only place where this kind of wine can be produced due to the special microclima of the area surrounded by the mouth of Guadalquivir river and the Atlantic Ocean.
These are the two theories. Believe whichever you want, but as we said before, as we are from Huelva we believe the one from Huelva.
A 14-years-old boy from his village Manzanilla was given a job by Francisco Guti&eaute;rrez. That boy was Francisco's nephew, who started working at one of his uncle's winery, La Goleta de Santa María la Blanca, that still exists today.
His name was Juan García Avil´s, who got in charge of the bodega in 1941 and became its owner. Thus Juan met Diezmo Nuevo's wineries owners and introduces the authentic orange wine in his tavern. This dates more than forty years ago.
The orange wine started to be produced in 1880 and was originally called orange-scented wine. It is a sweet macerated wine with orange peel.
This is how La Goleta of Mateos Gago's street became the first tavern in selling orange wine. Something that is agreed by the huge amount of customers that come to this place to drink this wine.
This winery also sells a well-know vermouth named with his founder's name, Melquíades Saenz, which was the first vermouth trademark in Spain.
There used to be more demand for this product in the past than now as a drink before lunch. Our taverns are trying to foster the consume of this drink again. This is not a very difficult challenge due to the excellent quality of Melquíades Saenz's vermouth.
To be honest, the consume of wine in Seville and comparing it with former times is loosing rank, because nowadays, beer is the most consumed alcholic drink in Seville, being Cruzcampo the most demanded brand. Our taverns are serving this beer for more than 60 years but we are some of the few tavern known by their wines instead of their beers. We have to reming that at Quitapesares's, non-bottled manzanilla wine from Pedro Romero's wineries of Sanlúcar is sold. It is brought twice a week from Sanlúcar, and its fresh and natural soul suggests us how delicated this wine is.
Finally, we hace to let you know that, besides the La Goleta's tavern of Mateos Gago's street, there is another one in Santa María de Gracia's street owned by Miguel angel Pérez Casas, who is Francisco Gutiérrez great-grandson.