The company traces its origins to 1765 where it was based in Jerez de la Frontera, the heart of the sherry-producing region. The bodegas consisted of twelve cellars collectively known as “Los Doce Disciples” – the “Twelve Disciples.” Of these twelve cellars, the principal cellar, Bodegas Dios Baco, named for the Roman god of wine Bacchus, was built in 1848. This is the foundation of the Sherries currently in production at Bodegas Dios Baco. In 1992, the cellars and 40 hectares of traditional vineyards were purchased by the family firm Páez Morilla. After acquiring the property and the vineyards, José Páez Morilla oversaw renovation throughout the entire complex. Together with his daughter, Alejandra, their mission is to handcraft limited batches of Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Oloroso, Cream and Pedro Ximénez Sherries that are more traditional and complex in style.
The Páez Morilla family owns 100 acres throughout the D.O. Jerez which is located in the south eastern corner of the country where the warm sea has a major influence on the regions. The climate in the area is hot and dry and is quite consistent, with 300 days of sunshine per year. The landscape consists of the famous white “albariza” soil, which is very high in calcium carbonate. This type of soil is able to soak up and conserve the rains from winter and spring. The combination of warm, dry weather and proximity to the sea create a unique ability to produce a variety of natural yeasts. It is these yeasts that form the basis of Sherry and set these wines apart from every other region of the world.