~ Versos 1891 ~
Manuel Barbadillo Eyzaguirre
Presidente de Bodegas Barbadillo
The history of this Amontillado begins with the company’s foundation in 1821 when Manuel’s great grandfather Don Benigno Barbadillo returns from 20 years in Mexico and purchases a bodega in the centre of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. In 1827 their first Sherry is exported, including Manzanilla to Philadelphia. By 1844 the first Amontillado is exported, to the island of Jersey.
~ 19th Century ~
By the late 1800s the family company has gone from strength to strength and now possesses a number of bodegas in the ‘Barrio Alto’, the old, upper town of Sanlúcar, as well as vineyards nearby.
Don Manuel’s parents were Antonio Barbadillo and Caridad Rodriguez-Terán. They had five sons, the oldest being Don Manuel, with his brothers Tomás, Antonio, Rafael and Pedro. Don Manuel, despite being ostensibly the weaker and more prone to illness, would eventually outlive them all.
~ 20th Century ~
During the second half of the 20th century the company expands under Don Manuel’s guidance to become the most important bodega in Sanlúcar and today nearly 200 years on from its foundations, it is one of the Sherry district’s principal producers.
In the 1970s he handed over the management to his son ‘Toto’ Barbadillo. Today, Don Manuel Barbadillo’s grandson, and namesake, Manuel Barbadillo is the company Chairman.