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La Felipona Vineyard House

Studying the past to enrich the future

The importance of generational replacement on farms goes beyond the simple preservation of the property or traditions. This farm is recovering the almond tree, one of the crops best adapted to the albariza soil, as is the vine, and which saw its greatest expansion during the splendour of Al-Andalus (the Muslim ruled era of the Iberian peninsula).

Traditional recipes for cooking and baking, medicines, cosmetic products, fuel, etc. were created during this period.  Now we are discovering that by investing in the quality and excellence of a forgotten traditional crop, wealth is once again being generated.

The Italian merchant Fernando-Francisco Philippo formed this vineyard between 1706 and 1710, by grouping together four adjoining estates. The people of the area called it La Felipona and La Filipona.

Micaela de Tapia, Philippo's widow, donated it on her death to the Convent of San Juan de Dios, which sold it to the Italian merchant Pedro Cavenago in 1758.

Later, this vineyard became the property of the French merchant Antonio Sedze, whose descendants said in 1817: The Felipona vineyard is the one that sustains the name of the House (...), it is the family's main estate, and the one that preserves the memory of a good father.

In 1838, the trustees of the bankruptcy of the Heirs of Sedze sold it to the Jerez winemaker Francisco Goitia.

It is currently undergoing a process of reformation with the recovery of the formerly traditional almond crop, but in accordance with the basic principles of sustainability, i.e. profitability, durability and respect for the environment.

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