The purpose of this system is to obtain homogeneous wines
with a uniform taste. It is a dynamic system by the, so
called, “corrimiento de escalas” or running
up the scales with wines from different crops. In order
to carry out this process, "criaderas" or breeding
butts and “soleras” or yielding butts (butts
at floor level holding wine ready to be drawn for bottling),
are needed. Butts of each type are placed on top of each
other in rows of no less than three in height. When wine
is drawn or “rociado” from the "solera"
butt, this in turn is refilled from the oldest "criadera"
and so on following the scale with the rest of the "criaderas".
refilling takes place by using two very important utensils
called "canoa" and “rociador", which
allow for a soft springkling of the wine into the butts
in a dew like fashion to avoid disrupting the yeast veil
or "flor". This is a slow and costly procedure
but is deemed critical in guaranting the final quality
of the Sherry wines
Sistema de Producción
de Soleras y Criaderas
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