In 1835, the young Manuel Maria González Angel, encouraged by his uncle Jose Angél de La Peña (affectionately called “Tio Pepe”) arrived in the city of Jerez (Andalucía, southern Spain) willing to conquer his space in the booming local wine business. Encouraged by the growing exports, he acquired a small winery that year and began to produce and export his own wines. Twenty years later, in 1855, faced with the growing success of his company, Don Manuel González decided to build a partnership with his English importer, Mr. Robert Blake Byass, thus being born the Bodega González Byass.
The González family has always stood out for its passion for winemaking. One of the founder’s grandsons wrote the most important book ever published on Jerez wines, entitled “Jerez, Xeres, Sherry”, still considered today, more than 70 years later, the “Bible” of Jerez.
The Byass family retired from society in 1988 and since then the control of the company has passed into the hands of the direct descendants of Don Manuel González.
González Byass has become one of the most powerful and prestigious Spanish wine producing groups. In addition to Jerez, it also has wineries in several Spanish regions, such as Rioja (Bodegas Beronia), Catalonia (Vilarnau), Toledo (Finca Constancia) and Somontano (Viñas del Vero).
There is no doubt, however, that the iconic wine produced by González Byass is a certain Jerez, the world famous Tio Pepe. Created around 1840 to honor the maternal uncle and important figure in the life of the founder, Tio Pepe was the first formally registered mark of Spain. Today, it is present in more than 110 countries and is certainly one of the most famous brands in Spain.