Past Conference

"Winespeak Workshop", Andalucia 2009









 Winespeak Weekend




Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)




D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry







Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th of September 09



for SP-EN-SP translators





The chance to obtain an insight into the complex and unique ageing process of the Jerez region and improve, recycle  or initiate your translation skills regarding wine related texts.


from Vine to Bottle


September is the month of the grape harvest in Andalucia, the time when the sunbaked white albariza soil of the vineyards surrenders up its golden Palomino grapes, giving us the chance to witness first hand the whole production process behind this world famous wine as the grapes are picked and pressed in order to obtain the first delicate musts which then enter the unique Solera and Criaderas ageing process which characterises sherry and the lesser known Brandy de Jerez.



Proposed schedule:



Thursday, September 3rd


9.30pm Welcome Dinner


La Carboná restaurant, located inside an old sherry warehouse and member of the official Ruta de los Vinos y Brandy de Jerez, will be the venue for our welcome dinner where the owner, Javier, will explain how each different type of sherry can be paired with specific dishes to produce the perfect maridaje.




Friday, September 4th


10:00 a Taste of Sherry

A tasting course run by the Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Regulating Council at the Casa del Vino. Here we shall have the chance to discover the oenological characteristics and differences of the different types of sherry produced in the Jerez Region.

The Vineyard


Visit to a Vineyard. Witness firsthand how the grapes are picked and transported for pressing in order to obtain the first delicate musts of the primera yema.


21:30 Flamenco Dinner


Flamenco Dinner in the Santiago gyspy quarter. The perfect end to the day: good food, good wine and spectacular flamenco guitar, song and dance.




Saturday September 5th


 10.30 - 13.30 Winewords Workshop


Bodegas Tradición is the venue for this workshop which will focus upon wine terms in both Spanish in English including the difficulties which can arise for the translator. Ideal both for those who wish to add oenology to their skills portfolio and for those who wish to recycle their generic skills whilst at the same time learning those terms specific to Sherry and Brandy de Jerez. Coffee break included




The translation session will be followed by a guided tour of Bodegas Tradición and their VORS (Very Old and Rare Sherries) soleras, including a visit to the family’s private Picture Gallery containing works by Zurburán, Velazquez and Goya, ending with a guided tasting of their sherries.




Free time to relax and stroll around the picturesque town centre of Jerez with its narrow cobbled streets, perhaps stopping to sip a cool glass of fino sherry in one of its many shady squares lined with orange trees and tall palms or pay a visit to the Moorish Alcazar and Camara Oscura.


Optional tapas dinner in Jerez




 Sunday, September 6th


11 – 12:30 Visit to the world famous Tio Pepe bodega for an in depth vision into the ageing system used to produce Brandy de Jerez.


 Fees and packages:


Everything is included in the 'Full Weekend' fee.

The Spouse package includes meals and social events but not any of the workshops of session.

One-day passes will be made available soon!


Early-bird discount expires July 31st

Regular pricing expires August 23rd



How to get there:

Fly to: Jerez airport which has direct flights from Madrid and also from Stansted (UK) with Ryanair. The airport is a 15 minute drive from the city. Transfers can be arranged.

By Rail: Regular train services link Jerez to Seville and the high speed AVE train service to Madrid.



Where to stay:

We recommend the three star Casa Grande Hotel or the charming Fonda Barranco, both of which will give discounts to participants, or the more modest Nuevo Hotel




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