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Jerez de la Frontera

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Jerez de la Frontera (Spanish pronunciation: [xeˈɾeθ ðe la fɾonˈteɾa]) or simply Jerez, also cited in old English-language sources as Xeres, is a city and municipality in the province of Cádiz in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Located in southwestern Iberia, it lies on the Campiña de Jerez, an inland low-land plain crossed by the Guadalete river, midway the Atlantic Ocean, the Guadalquivir river and the western reaches of the Subbaetic System.

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Coordinates: 36°40′54″N 06°08′16″W
Autonomous communityAndalusia
  MayorMaría José García-Pelayo Jurado (PP)
  Total1,188.23 km2 (458.78 sq mi)
56 m (184 ft)
  Rank25th, Spain
  Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
11401 – 11409

As of 2020, with 213,105 inhabitants, Jerez is the most-populated municipality in the province of Cádiz. Its municipality covers an area of 1,188.14 km2 (458.74 sq mi) and includes Los Alcornocales Natural Park.

Winegrowing has long been, particularly upon the transition to modern agro-extractivism in the mid 18th century, the main drive of the economy of Jerez.[2] During the 19th century, the local wine Sherry was overwhelmingly produced for foreign export, catering to the British market in the first place.[3] Throughout this century the city earned a reputation as a paradigm for large landowners, high social inequality, and the winery-related identity.[4]

Since 1987, Grand Prix motorcycle racing has been held at the Circuito de Jerez in early May. The circuit has also hosted several Formula One Grands Prix, including the 1997 final race of the season, which was notable for a controversial championship-deciding incident. Other popular festivals in the city are the Feria de Jerez and the Holy Week.