The Chapter of the Solear Order 2014

Bodegas Barbadillo has once again held its emblematic annual ceremony to recognise and honour those people it considers to have shown great dedication to Manzanilla sherry.

The solemn presentation ceremony of the Chapter of the Solear Order took place on 29th May and included the incorporation of the new members of the Order.

The session was directed by Rosario Pérez Barbadillo, Master of the Solear Order and presided over by the current president of the Order, Felipe Benítez Reyes, who has held the this prestigious role during the last year thanks to his continued effort in communicating the virtues of Solear Manzanilla.   Following tradition, the president for next year was announced as Alberto González-Troyano at the same ceremony,

The Solear Order was born in 1979 as an initiative of Juan Carlos Barbadillo Argüeso and Antonio Pedro Barbadillo Romero, with the objective of recognising and rewarding those people who show special dedication to Manzanilla and, because of their work and character, present a true reflection of the philosophy of the Order.  During the ceremony the credentials of the new members of the Solear Order were presented. This year they are as follows:-
Jorge Baber Baldo, Algeciras entrepreneur, sponsored by José Antonio Barbadillo

Catalina Luca de Tena García Conde, President of ABC, sponsored by Ramón Pérez Maura

Juan Brey Barrena, Cádiz hotelier, sponsored by Eugenia Barbadillo

Manuel Espina Larios, Huelva hotelier, sponsored by Juan Carlos Barbadillo

Juan Ruiz Ariza, retired Bodegas Barbadillo worker, sponsored by Juan Cascajo

Emilio Sáez Van Eerd, Jumbo Holanda executive committee, sponsored by Manuel Barbadillo

José Luis Sáez, President of the Spanish Basketball Federation, sponsored by Enrique Pérez-Barbadillo

Concha Dearnaude Ortiz, Cepsa executive committee, sponsored by Fernando Barón Barbadillo

José Ramón Ripoll Salomón, writer, sponsored by Joaquín Marquez

Pilar Velarde, Santander hotelier, sponsored by Alberto Ramos Santana

Manuel Lombo, singer, sponsored by Laura Vital

Peter Liem, writer, sponsored by Víctor Vélez

All new members took part in a distinguished but entertaining initiation ceremony, during which they read the following oath:-

“En Bodegas Barbadillo,
y en el Claustro de la Orden,
presto juramento y digo
que la Solear será
mi manzanilla y mi vino
que no habrá otro en mi mesa,
ni otro daré a mis amigos.
Si no cumplo mi promesa,
me lo demanden mis hijos,
y donde quiera que vaya
tenga el agua por castigo”

 

Fotos: Solear Order / Invited guests,  Solear Order / Nominations, Solear Order / Barrel signing