The group of buildings which make up the historical nucleus of the bodega has two main entrances. One of them, situated in the southern part, is located in the area called Puerta de Rota, so called because this is where you can find one of the gates of the Arab wall that surrounded the city during the Middle Ages and of which several sections are still well preserved. This entry features a beautiful garden designed in 1823 and which has almost one hundred different plants and trees, as many indigenous species as from other origins.
The north façade is located in San Ildefonso Street, in the mediaeval heart of Jerez. From this gateway to the bodega it is possible to view some of the monuments which are most representative of Jerez such as the Cathedral, the Convent of the Holy Spirit, the Church of San Mateo and the Baroque Tower of the Church of San Miguel.
The Bodegas have been perfectly integrated into the urban design of Jerez since the 18th century, becoming some of the best examples of what is locally known as “winemaking architecture”, – large buildings that demonstrate the importance that the wine industry has always had on the city and its surroundings
BODEGA LA MEZQUITA
This colossal bodega, the largest of our vineyards and one of the largest in the world, is of modern construction. It was opened in the year 1974, purely to celebrate 100 years of the Fundador brand, the oldest of all the Spanish brandies.
The engineer who designed and oversaw the building works, Javier Soto Lopez-Doriga, never envisaged calling it La Mezquita, since his remit was to build a monumental bodega in order to store all the Fundador soleras. Its original name was “The Great Bodega”.
The inner aspect of the building, with hundreds of horseshoe arches, and its vast dimensions, made it inevitable that shortly after its commissioning, it started to be referred to by the name that it has today. The construction of the La Mezquita Bodega, which occupies a surface area of 25.350 m2, began on September 1, 1971, with works completed on October 10, 1974. The building is composed of seven warehouses, six of which have dimensions of 30 meters wide by 130 long and the seventh of 30 meters wide by 65 long. The gabled roof rests on columns, supporting each side of the horseshoe arches. At its highest point the arcades are double, formed of horseshoe arches with a half point overlap.
On one side of the inside of the warehouse, there is a viewing point from where you can observe the true majesty of the building and the impressive perspectives illustrated by casks, columns and arches.
This bodega can actually store 30,000 casks of wine.