History of Sherry - Development of Modern Sherry - Modern Day

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Throughout the course of the 19th century, Sherry competed with Rioja for the distinction of being Spain's most recognizable wine and would be considered by many wine critics as one of the great expressions of white wine in the world. Sherry also had to compete with the new wave of "Sherry-like" wines being produced in South Africa, the United States, Australia, France and even Germany (which was producing a potato-based spirit and labeling it "Sherry"). Then came the almost inevitable attack of the phylloxera plague. At the turn of 20th century, Sherry merchants worked to replant their devastated vineyards and reclaim lost ground in the wine market. The region attained DenominaciĆ³n de Origen status in 1935 and began work to trademark the name Sherry for the unique wines produced in the region (which it now is within the European Union). Despite these efforts, sales continued to decline at the end of the 20th century as Sherry fell out of fashion among consumers-especially in some of the emerging markets of the United States, Japan and Australia.

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