Published on September 26th, 2013 | by Ruben


Tio Pepe (González Byass)

Tio Pepe is without doubt one of the most famous sherries. The brand has been around since 1844 and it was named after José Ángel de la Peña, the Uncle Pepe of the bodega’s founder Manuel María González Ángel. At that time Fino was still a very local Andalusian product, and it was his uncle who encouraged him to commercialize it on a wider scale.

Tio Pepe is simply the best known sherry, from the largest bodega in Jerez

Tio Pepe is one of the few commercial sherries that mention their Carrascal and Macharnudo vineyards on the label, two of the best areas for Palomino grape cultivation, to the North-West of Jerez de la Frontera. There are over 30.000 casks currently reserved for the Tio Pepe solera, making it a huge-scale sherry with a vast array of wines to choose from when blending the final product. Despite the scale, it is known for a constant quality and the archetypal profile of a Fino. Since a few years, González Byass also releases an annual Tio Pepe En Rama version which is less heavily filtered.


Tio Pepe (15%, González Byass)

Nose: fresh and bright, with notes of lemons and green olives, as well as a gentle saline touch and just hints of yeast. Quite fruity, mainly apples. Almonds. Dried flowers. The softest medicinal touch as well (iodine).

Mouth: medium dry and medium bodied. Quite rounded. Still quite fruity: some zesty grapefruit, juicy lemon and apple. A moderately saline note towards the end, ending in a salty / bitter finale and clear acetaldehyde notes.

Availability: as widely available as it gets. Around € 10-13 for a full bottle. Half bottles are quite common as well. If you can’t find it, check The Whisky Exchange for instance, they ship around the world.

Summary: A moderate Fino sherry, fruity and tangy at the same time. It won't steal the show but it won't disappoint either. Always a suitable accompaniment to a good meal.


Classic Fino

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is a Certified Sherry Educator who fell in love with sherry some twenty years ago, but switched to a higher gear in 2013 and started writing about it. Lived in Madrid for a couple of years, now back in Belgium. I also run a whisky blog over at

3 Responses to Tio Pepe (González Byass)

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  2. Luis says:

    Unfortunately, I made the internship in this winery. I was treated no nice. I received a very naughty evaluation which I asked explanation and anybody wanted to answer to me in person. They acted all behind. Just wrote e-mail and when I asked to speak in person, Just said: I’m busy, I’m busy. When I spoke with the university, thanks godness they refused that naughty marks they did as they understood my situation as they told me that Gonzalez Byass has already got some more problems with students and anybody gave a reasonable answer. Why? I think it was something personal althought they refused, of course. The excuse was I was no confident on myself. The thing is that I have never done any visit. So…? And I had good recommedations (3 to be exactly, from others place).

    Likewise, the price is quite expensive for the service received. The standard visit is no cheap and they usually take people for internship which they pay 300€. The visit is focused to the commercial issue rather than informative for the price paid. In fact, you will see a video where it says they sell a lot, how many prices they earned and so on… They worked very well in Marketing and it’s the common company that sells very wells in ads and media but there are around Jerez bodegas that focus better in the wine production interest instead of the commecial area.

  3. David Hughes says:

    Tio Pepe is my usual sherry – I usually have a small glass with dinner. Very enjoyable, goes well with a wide range of foods. Easily enjoyed.

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