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BODEGAS
WILLIAMS & HUMBERT

BODEGAS
WILLIAMS & HUMBERT

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Since 1877

History

The history of Bodegas Williams & Humbert goes back nearly 140 years. They participated in the creation of the Jerez-Xérès-Brandy Quality Demarcation and are now considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious wine producers.

The winery was founded in 1877 by Sir Alexander Williams, a great admirer and connoisseur of sherry products, and Arthur Humbert, a specialist in international relations.

Since then they have preserved part of the original wines and brandies (soleras) in high quality oak casks. These soleras are the base of the development and ageing of every sherry and brandy produced at Bodegas Williams & Humbert.

In the 1960s José, Nicolás, Jesús and Ángel, members of the Medina family who were working at different Jerez wineries, decided to steer their careers towards creating their own winery: José Medina y Compañía. Founded by José Medina, at first the firm enjoyed the external support of his brothers, who became full-time partners two years later.

Initially the firm focused their energies on international markets and gradually expanded through collaboration agreements with different purchasing companies. In 1979 they established a partnership with the Dutch multinational Royal Ahold through the Associate Company Luis Páez. These association and subsequent collaboration agreements enabled the family to increase their presence in Jerez; a few years later they were amongst the leading companies in sherry sales at international level. From the firm’s foundation, characterized by canny, aggressive business strategies, they started to acquire different brands that strengthened and diversified their capacities. Their latest acquisition was the international group Williams & Humbert, which now lends its name to all the family’s business activities.

The relationship between the Medina family and the Dutch multinational Ahold dates back to 1979, when Ahold acquired a 50% share in Luis Páez S.A. (now Bodegas Williams & Humbert S.A.), a winery owned by the Medina brothers.

In 2005 the Medina family reached an agreement with Royal Ahold to acquire the 50% share that the Dutch firm held in the corporation. Having regained full ownership of the company and its subsidiaries, this acquisition permitted the Medina family to consolidate the management of the business they were already responsible for.

Nicolás, Jesús, José and Ángel Medina Cachero



Today



At present, Williams & Humbert is comprised of the central installations (Europe’s largest wine cellar), the vineyards and Sovisur, their distributing company in Spain.

The family have handed down longstanding winemaking traditions and sales expertise in international markets from one generation to another.

Two different generations currently work side by side with prestigious professionals, comprising a dynamic, energetic team with a great deal of business initiative while maintaining the traditions and knowledge acquired through a century and a half of experience in Jerez.

Bodegas Williams & Humbert now sell their products in over 80 countries and they are developing an ambitious diversification project in the sector of high quality food products. The firm’s subsidiary company SOVISUR distributes their products – the Canasta and Dry Sack Sherries and the Gran Duque de Alba brandy amongst the most prominent – throughout Spain. The diversification has additionally led them to add products from other quality demarcations such as Ribera del Duero (Marqués de Polavieja red wines), Rioja (Viña Paul and Peñazola red wines), Rueda (Viña Saltés) and Albariño (Espírito da Terra).

Their innovative projects also include Crema de Alba, the world’s only cream liqueur made from Solera Gran Reserva Jerez brandy and the rum Dos Maderas , product that merge two cultures and which are made with a double ageing process.

The firm’s recent entrance in the food sector with the Medina del Encinar brand, comprising pure sheep’s-milk cheese and Iberian pork products, has enjoyed significant success.


Business policy

General manager. Jesús Medina García de Polavieja

Williams & Humbert symbolize the strength of a perfectly united and professionalized family. The perseverance with which they approach all their projects, their creative drive and innovative spirit are the firm’s strengths when carrying out their strategic plan, without turning their back on traditional values.

The basic pillars of this plan are found in the distribution (with the consolidation of Sovisur in the domestic market and the creation of new international subsidiary companies) and in the diversification of their products.

This has led them to adapt their production structure and the different business areas that coincide in Williams & Humbert, bring on the need for versatile and flexible facilities with different operative requirements while always achieving the final objective of customer satisfaction.

The firm works with a Quality Control system with processes and facilities that have been evaluated and certified with the BRC-IFS quality standard, as well as the new standards required in some markets.

Moreover, W&H have made a firm commitment to health and safety by continuing with the implementation of a hazard prevention system.

All of Williams & Humbert’s policies and actions, as well as their correct application, are based on the efforts and dedication of each and every person who works for the firm, whether they are employed directly or indirectly through one of their associated companies.


Prizes and awards

DOS MADERAS SELECCIÓN
94 PUNTOS Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2020
DOS MADERAS 5+3
90 puntos Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2020
DOS MADERAS 5+3
90 puntos Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2020
DOS MADERAS 5+3
90 puntos Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2020
BRANDY GRAN DUQUE DE ALBA SOLERA GRAN RESERVA
Incluído en el “Top Ten Trending Brands 2018” por Drinks International, según la encuesta realizada a los 106 mejores bares del mundo
DOS MADERAS 5+5 PX
Gold Medal, Rum Renaissance Festival Miami –Consumer Rum Jury, 2018
Ron Dos Maderas Luxus
Gold MedalThe Rum and Cachaça Master”, The Spirits Business 2018
BRANDY GRAN DUQUE DE ALBA SOLERA GRAN RESERVA
93 puntos Gold Taste Wine Up Club 2016 Top 100 Mejores destilados de España
BRANDY GRAN DUQUE DE ALBA SOLERA GRAN RESERVA
Excelente”, 90 puntos, Guía Peñín 2016
DOS MADERAS 5+5 PX
Gold Medal International Rum Conference 2016
DOS MADERAS 5+5 PX
Gold Medal Epikuros 2016
Cubical Premium
Silver Medal in the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2016
Cubical Ultra Premium
Gold Medal in the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2016
Drysack 15
90 points in Robert Parker Guide
Drysack 15
Gold Outstanding in the “The International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016”
Dos Maderas Luxus
Gold Medal in the World Rum Awards 2016 (The Drinks Report)
Ron Dos Maderas 5+5
Gold Medal in the V International Congress of Ron
Dos Maderas Luxus
Gold Medal in the Rum Master 2016 (The Spirits Business)
Jalifa
TOP 1 Ranking AkataVino de los Mejores Vinos Dulces y Generosos en España 2016
Dry Sack 15
Gold Outstanding International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
GINEBRA CUBICAL ULTRAPREMIUM
95 puntos Gold Taste Wine UP Club 2016 Top 100 Mejores Destilados España. Puesto 4 de los 10 destilados seleccionados en el TOP 10 Best Distilled
Jalifa 30 años
94 puntos en la Guía Wine UP! 2016. Incluido en el TOP 100
Cubical Kiss
94 puntos en la Guía Wine UP! 2016. Incluido en el TOP 100
Gran Duque de Alba Oro
93 puntos en la Guía Wine UP! 2016. Incluido en el TOP 100
ABYSSAL Vodka
93 puntos en la Guía Wine UP! 2016. Incluido en el TOP 100
Pando
92 puntos en la Guía Wine UP! 2016
DOS MADERAS 5+3
92 PUNTOS, Gold Taste Wine Up Club 2016, Mejores Vinos y Destilados de España
Cubical PREMIUM
92 puntos en la Guía Wine UP! 2016
Canasta
91,85 puntos en la Guía Wine UP! 2016
Dos Cortados
Medalla Gran Oro en los premios Akatavino 2016
Jalifa
Medalla Gran Oro en los premios Akatavino 2016
Vermouth Canasta
89 puntos en la Guía Peñín
Gran Duque de Alba Oro
92 puntos en la guía Peñín
Gran Duque de Alba Gran Reserva
90 puntos en la Guía Peñín
Dos Maderas Luxus
93 puntos en la Guía Peñín
Cubical Premium
92 puntos Guía Peñín (“Excelente”)
GINEBRA CUBICAL ULTRAPREMIUM
“Excepcional”, 95 puntos Guía Peñín 2016
GINEBRA CUBICAL ULTRAPREMIUM
Mejor Espirituoso 2015 según la Asociación Española de periodistas y Escritores del Vino
Dry Sack 15
Best of Spain Top 100 Prowein 2016 competition
Cubical Ultrapremium
Medalla de Bronce International Spirits Challenge 2015.
GINEBRA CUBICAL ULTRAPREMIUM
Gold Medal en el International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
ABYSSAL Vodka
Incluido en The Dozen (12 mejores marcas del mundo) por la prestigiosa revista Drinks International en la categoría “Vodka Launch Of the Year “, 2015
DOS MADERAS 5+5 PX
Incluido en el Top Ten Trending Brand 2015, según la encuesta realizada por Drinks International entre los 50 mejores bares del mundo.
DOS MADERAS 5+5 PX
Dos Maderas in “THE DOZEN” – el top de las 12 mejores marcas de vinos y destilados del mundo elaborado por la revista Drinks International
Dos Maderas PX 5+5
Gold Medal in the 2015 “Fifty Best” Aged Rum competition
Gran Duque de Alba Oro
5 stars Gold Top Level, Selection Magazine
Viña Saltés
Gold Medal “China Wine & Spirits Awards 2015”
Amontillado Don Zoilo
91 puntos Wine Spectator
Manzanilla Don Zoilo
90 puntos Wine Spectator
Jalifa
92 puntos en la Guía de Robert Parker
As You Like it
92 puntos en la Guía de Robert Parker
Canasta
Medalla de Oro en la San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015
Fino Pando
90+ puntos en la Guía de Robert Parker
Fino Pando
88 puntos otorgados por Wine Spectator
Dry Sack 15
Gold Medal en ‘San Diego International Wine Competition’ 2015
Dry Sack 15
92 puntos otorgados por el equipo de cata de Wine Spectator
Dry Sack 15
94 points , categoría de “Excellent, Highly Recommended” in the ‘Ultimate Wine Challenge’ 2015, New York
Dos Cortados
92 puntos en Wine Spectator
Dos Cortados
"Best fortified dry old style". Wines from Spain Awards 2015
Manzanilla Alegría
"Best fortified dry new style". Wines from Spain Awards 2015
Manzanilla Alegría
Gold Medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Gran Duque de Alba Oro
Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2015
Dos Cortados
Gold Medal Trophy at the International Wine Challenge
Dos Cortados
Gold at Decanter World Wine Awards‎
Dos Cortados
Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge
Dos Cortados
Gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition
Dry Sack 15
Best of Spain Top100 Prowein 2015 competition
Salcis Reserva 2009
Best of Spain Top100 Prowein 2015 competition.
DOS MADERAS 5+5 PX
Ron Dos Maderas PX included in the Top Ten trending Brands.
Fino Pando
90 + puntos, The Wine Advocate
As you like it
92 puntos, The Wine Advocate
Oloroso Añada 2001
91 puntos, The Wine Advocate
Oloroso Añada 1982 Single Cask
93 points, The Wine Advocate
Manzanilla Mark & Spencer
Gold Medal in the IWC 2104.
Manzanilla Mark & Spencer
Gold Outstanding in the IWSC.
Pedro Ximénez 12 años Sainsbury
Silver Outstanding in ISWC 2014.
Pedro Ximénez 12 años Sainsbury
Gold Medal in IWC 2014.
GINEBRA CUBICAL ULTRAPREMIUM
Guía Peñín 2014, 95 puntos y calificación de “excepcional”.
Cubical Premium
Guía Peñín 2014, 92 puntos y categoría de “excelente”.
Brandy Gran Duque de Alba XO
Guía Peñín 2014, 92 puntos y categoría de “excelente”.
Ron Dos Maderas Luxus
Guía Peñín 2014, 93 puntos y categoría de “excelente”.
Brandy Gran Duque de Alba Oro
Guía Peñín 2014, 90 puntos y categoría de “excelente”.
Amontillado W&H COLLECTION 12 AÑOS
Silver Medal in International Wine Challenge 2014.
Amontillado W&H COLLECTION 12 AÑOS
Gold Outstanding in International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014.
Oloroso W&H COLLECTION 12 AÑOS
Silver Medal in the International Wine Challenge 2014.
Oloroso W&H COLLECTION 12 AÑOS
Silver Medal in International Wine Challenge 2014.
Dos Cortados Palo Cortado 20 años
Siver Outstanding in International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014.
Dos Cortados Palo Cortado 20 años
Sherry Trophy and Palo Cortado Trophy International Wine Challenge 2014.
Dos Cortados Palo Cortado 20 años
Gold Medal in thr International Wine Challenge 2014.
Salcis Roble 2012
Bronze Medal Hong Kong Wine & Spirit Competition 2014.
Salcis Crianza 2009
Gold Medal and Best Tempranillo Trophy in Shanghai International Wine Challenge 2014
Salcis Reserva 2009
Silver Medal in Hong Kong Wine & Spirit Competition 2014.
IWSC (International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014)
Silver Medal for Salcis Roble 2012.
IWSC (International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014)
Silver Medal for Salcis Crianza 2010.
IWSC (International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014)
Silver Medal for Salcis Reserva 2009.
International Wine Challenge
Gold Medal for manzanilla Alegría.
International Wine Challenge
Gold Medal for amontillado As you like it.
DOS MADERAS 5+5 PX
Medalla de Oro en el Rum Tasting Competition Miami 2013
Rioja Wine Challenge (Hong Kong)
Silver Medal for Peñazola Rioja reserve 2005
DOS MADERAS 5+3
Guía Spirit Journal, incluido en el salón de la Fama, entre la lista de los 100 mejores espirituosos del mundo, 2011
BRANDY GRAN DUQUE DE ALBA XO
5 Stars Spirit Journal
BRANDY GRAN DUQUE DE ALBA XO
Gold Medal at San Francisco World Spirit Competition 2011
DOS MADERAS 5+5 PX
Medalla de Oro en el Ministry Rum Tasting Competition 2010
DOS MADERAS 5+5 PX
Séptimo mejor Ron del Mundo por la revista Spirits Journal 2010
BRANDY GRAN DUQUE DE ALBA SOLERA GRAN RESERVA
Medalla de Oro San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2008
BRANDY GRAN DUQUE DE ALBA SOLERA GRAN RESERVA
Medalla de Oro International Review of Spirits 2008. Clasificado comoExcepcionalpor el Beverage Testing Institute “One of the most outstanding liquors”. Puesto 32 de los 111 mejores destilados del mundo
BRANDY GRAN DUQUE DE ALBA SOLERA GRAN RESERVA
98/100 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2008
CREMA DE ALBA
Medalla de Oro Beverage Testing Institute 2008
SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRIT COMPETITION 2008
Gold Medal for Gran Duque de Alba
DOS MADERAS 5+3
Silver Medal San Francisco Spirit Competition 2008  
SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRIT COMPETITION 2008
Bronze Medal for Crema de Alba
INTERNACIONAL RUM FESTIVAL 2008 [SAN FRANCISCO]
Bronze Medal for Dos Maderas 5+3
International Spirits Challenge (London)
Silver Medal for gin Cubical Premium.
Fino en Rama Añada 2006
93 puntos, The Wine Advocate
Fino en Rama Vintage 2006
Silver Outstanding in International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014.
Fino en Rama Vintage 2006
Gold Medal in the International Wine Challenge 2014.
CHINA WINE AND SPIRITS COMPETITION 2006
Gold Medal for Gran Duque de Alba de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva
CHINA WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION 2006
Oloroso 12 years old receives the seal of approval
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHANLLENGE 2006
Canasta receives the seal of approval
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2006
Canasta receives the seal of approval
CHINA WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION 2006
Gold Medal for Gran Duque de Alba de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHANLLENGE 2006
Gold Medal for Dry Sack Oloroso 15 years old
INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION 2005
Silver Medal for Brandy Asombroso Solera.
INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION 2005
Silver Medal for Brandy Viejo 1821 Solera Reserva.
INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION 2005
Silver Medal for A Winter´s Tale.
CHINA WINE AND SPIRITS COMPETITION 2004
Gold Medal for Dry Sack Solera Especial 15 years old
CHINA WINE AND SPIRITS COMPETITION 2004
Silver Medal for Dry Sack Medium
Bacchus 2002
Silver Bacchus for Dry Sack Solera Especial 15 years old
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHANLLENGE 2002
Silver Medal for Solera Especial Oloroso 15 years old
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2002
Bronze Medal for Dry Sack Fino
LIQUORLAND TOP 100
Bronze Medal for Dry Sack Fino (2002)
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHANLLENGE 2001
Gold Medal for Canasta Superior
LES OLYMPIADES DU VIN 2001
Gold Trophy for Solera Especial
LES OLYMPIADES DU VIN 2001
Silver Trophy for the Jerez – Xérès – Sherry Quality Demarcation
INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION 2001
Bronze Medal for Canasta
INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION 2001
Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva Gran Duque de Alba (COMMENDED)
LES OLYMPIADES DU VIN 2001
Gold Trophy for Canasta
LES OLYMPIADES DU VIN 2001
Gold Trophy for Solera Especial
LES OLYMPIADES DU VIN 2001
Silver Trophy for Dry Sack Medium Dry
INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION 2001
Bronze Medal for Solera Especial 15 years old
INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION 2001
Bronze Medal for Canasta
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2001
Silver Medal for Dry Sack Fino
II CONCURSO INTERNACIONAL DE VINOS (CIDADE DO PORTO) 2000
Silver Medal for Dry Sack Solera Especial 15 years old
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHANLLENGE 1997
Gold Medal for "Dos cortados Sherry Palo Cortado"
Awards and honours 2020 2018 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2008 2006 2005 2004 2002 2001 2000 1997

Quality and environmental control



The established policy at BODEGAS WILLIAMS & HUMBERT S.A. is to work within a quality and environmental control system that is regularly documented and verified to ensure its suitability and efficiency. The objective of this policy is to occupy a permanently significant position in the sector of wine, brandy and liqueur production in accordance with the Regulations of the Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Brandy de Jerez Quality Demarcations, as well as preserving the environment and maintaining maximum customer satisfaction.

The Quality and Environment System of BODEGAS WILLIAMS & HUMBERT S.A. is defined in the Quality Control Manual (QCM) and in the procedures and instructions that are outlined in it. This provides written documentation that gives aid and reference to staff and guarantees uniform production of the products in all essential aspects, in addition to complying with all applicable regulations. Furthermore, it ensures respect for the environment, systematic production, the absence of errors and the complete fulfilment of customers’ requirements.

The Quality and Environment System of BODEGAS WILLIAMS & HUMBERT is structured to fulfil all requirements applicable to a company dedicated to the production of wines, brandies and liqueurs in compliance with the following regulations: BRC (BRITISH RETAIL CONSORTIUM), “Technical Normalization for companies producing Retail Brand Food Products”, UNE-EN-ISO 9001 “Model to guarantee quality in production, installation and post-sales service”, IFS International Food Standard and UNE-EN-ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. This manual is obligatory for all staff at BODEGAS WILLIAMS & HUMBERT; likewise, the procedures and instructions found in it are obligatory in all applicable activities. The staff are required to be familiar with these procedures and comply with them.

The Management at BODEGAS WILLIAMS & HUMBERT S.A. are committed to furthering the welfare of society through a variety of activities: as a company helping to promote social welfare, by fomenting research through collaboration with the University of Cádiz, through their cooperation with Professional Training Schools by accepting apprentice workers, in the sponsorship of sports events and by providing training and resources to help their staff perform their jobs.

Everybody within the firm is responsible for quality and respect for the environment within their individual posts; when they delegate their functions to another staff member at a lower level this responsibility is maintained.

All technical installations for the fermentation, mixing, cold decanting and bottling of all our wines, vinegars and brandies are located on the road that joins Jerez and El Puerto de Santa María.

 

From harvest to their shipment, the diverse phases of development of the wines and spirits are controlled daily at the oenological investigation centre.







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