Bodegas César Florido
Bodegas César Florido Moscatel Dorado
Producer: César Florido
Region: Chipiona, Cádiz
Moscatel Dorado is made from late-harvested Moscatel grapes from his family vineyards planted on the sandy clay soils of Chipiona. The fresh juice is pressed directly into open cement vats, where native yeasts are allowed to take hold. As in the tradition of sweet sherry, the fermentation process is stopped before completion with the addition of a neutral grape spirit, leaving quite a bit of natural sugar. This residual sugar provides the sweetness behind Dorado, with no refined sugar added. Once fermentation has been halted, the wine ages in old barrels in the solera system for one year.
César Florido was founded in 1887 and is currently maintained by César Florido, a fifth-generation descendant of the founder. The winery is the oldest bodega in the town of Chipiona, located five miles from Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The history of Chipiona begins far earlier, with the Phoenicians. Around 1100 BCE, the Phoenicians established an outpost on the southwest coast (which is now Cadíz). They discovered a temperate climate ideally suited for agricultural including grape and olive production. Distilled spirits methods were married with wine production to create a stable product for transport, and following suit, the use of barrels as shipping containers was implemented. Thus emerged the many styles of sherry as we know them today: fortified and barrel aged, all expressive of the seafaring history of coastal Spain.