The origins of Emilio Lustau S.A. date back to 1896, when Mr. José Ruiz-Berdejo, a secretary to the Court of Justice, started cultivating the vines of the family’s state. In these humble beginnings he made wines which were then sold on to larger Sherry producers. In 1931, his daughter, acquired a small winery closer to the centre of Jerez de la Frontera and moved there, gaining notoriety and visibility.
In the year 2000, Lustau acquired six 19th century bodega buildings in the centre of Jerez. These picturesque buildings were restored to their original glory and today house the principal ageing bodegas of Lustau. These are cathedral-like buildings with very high ceilings and immaculate albero sand floors, which help to keep the temperature and humidity stable.
Each year, the vineyards receive roughly 3,000 hours of sunshine, accompanied by relatively heavy rainfalls of about 600 l/ m². The landscape of the area consists primarily of white limestone hills, known as albariza. Its singularity is due to the fact that long ago this region was under the ocean for millennia.
Lustau is the only winery that produces wines in each of the three cities in the Sherry triangle: Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
The biological ageing, in which the wines age under a veil of yeasts known as flor; is a completely natural phenomenon. These yeasts prevent the wine from being in contact with the air and transform its flavors and organoleptic profile.