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I International Congress of Traditional Andalusian Wines

Beltrán Domecq Williams

Direct descendant of local historical wine producing families and recognized as one of the most important experts in wines from Jerez, Mr. Beltrán Domecq presents an ample professional curriculum developed in viticulture as well as in wine production and, not to be forgotten, a rich knowledge of the commercial aspects.  Born in Jerez and educated between Spain and England, he received a Bachelor´s degree in Chemical Science from the University Complutense of Madrid, combining his studies with practical internships in prestigious French and Californian wine regions. 

He has also completed Management Direction courses in the IESE (Madrid).  He began his professional life in the bodegas of Williams & Humbert, however the majority of his career has been spent in the bodegas of Pedro Domecq, currently known as Bodegas Fundador.  As a trained and accomplished enologist he has held many important positions throughout his extensive career in technical areas and quality control, in investigation and development and has even served as Director of the Department of Vineyards for Bodegas Domecq.  His professional responsibilities have allowed him to develop technical projects in such diverse regions as Rioja, Tomelloso (distilling), Mexico (wines and brandies), California and the Philippines.  As a direct result of this ample professional experience, and as a logical consequence of his indisputable abilities as a communicator, in the last few years he has orchestrated an intense schedule of dissemination and training, directing wine tastings and seminars around the world becoming one of the most authoritative voices of Jerez.  All of this knowledge, accumulated over a lifetime dedicated to the wines of this framework, crystalized recently in the publication of his work, “El Jerez y sus Misterios (Sherry and its Mysteries)”, an authentic treaty on our wines, pleasant and up-to-date, in which there is special attention paid to all aspects of wine tasting, sampling and pairing.   Translated to English as, “Sherry Uncovered”. 

Former President of the Enologists of Andalusia, Mr. Beltrán Domecq has accumulated many important national and international recognitions and distinctions, such as “Winemaker of the Year” from IWSC, received in 2005, also holding the title of guardian of the Royal Warrant of wines for the Domecq and Harveys families for Queen Elizabeth II of England.  A member of the Great Gentlemen´s Order of Wine (UK).  President of the Regulatory Committee Jerez-Xérés-Sherry, Manzanilla-Sanlucar de Barrameda and Sherry Vinegar since June 2012. 


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