William & Humbert Bodegas, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain.
The winery was
originally founded in 1877 by Sir Alexander Williams and Arthur Humbert and
concentrated on producing Wine, Brandy and Sherry. Alexander Williams was an
admirer and connoisseur of sherry and in 1870 moved from England to Spain and
worked for a winemaker where he learned about Sherry production. During this
time he met and married Anny Humbert, also from England, and her brother Arthur
Humbert who was a specialist in international relations. Together Williams and
his brother-in-law Humbert built a company, their original and modest business
building is still part of the operation today, but over the years this has been
added to including hectares of vineyards and one of the largest cellars in
José Medina y Compañía was established in the 1960’s by José Medina and was joined by his brothers Nicolás, Jesús and Ángel within a few years. They created their own winery in Jerez and concentrated on international Sherry sales. By the 1980’s they had established themselves as one of the leading sherry suppliers across the globe and started acquiring different brands including in a 100% share in William & Humbert Bodegas in 2005. Today the second generation of the Medina family runs the company, selling their products in over 80 countries, with an annual turnover in excess of $60 million. Their key brands include: Canasta, Gran Duque de Alba Brandy, DrySack Sherry and Dos Maderas Rum.