Lorenzo Cosme Andrada –Vanderwilde came to Spain in the XVI century as one of the Flemish knights accompanying King carlos V as he took possession of Spanish territories. For over 200 years his descendants have been involved in the Sherry trade and established a small bodega in 1837. Later, in the 1960s, the family bought an old bodega built in 1794 from Pedro Domecq in the Santiago district of Jerez. Fernando Andrada –Vanderwilde, who had worked for González Byass, had the dream of producing the very finest possible Jerez brandy and purchased from Marqués del Real Tesoro a very old Gran Reserva brandy solera. He launched his new brandy in 1972 naming it Rey Fernando de Castilla in homage to the XIII century King Fernando III of Castilla “The Saint” who not only reconquered much of Western Andalucía from the Moors but also recognised the quality of the Sherry vineyards.
Fernando Andrade was also involved with Sherry on a small scale and already has a top quality Pedro Ximénez and vinegar. In 1999 he sold out to a group of investors which included Jan Pettersen, a Norwegian who had worked for many years with Osborne. Before long Jan Pettersen bought out the other investors and expanded the firm with the purchase of the neighbouring bodegas and soleras of José Bustamante. He now had some serious quality wines and brandy and divided the wines into two ranges; Classic, the standard high quality range, and Antique, a range of much older wines, most well over 20 years and some over 30 years of age. They are exceptional value for money. Meanwhile the brandies are made only from “holandas” the finest quality spirit and there are some innovative single cask versions.
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