In 1835, infected by the sherry boom of his time, Manuel María González purchased an Andalusian bodega (now known as La Sacristia) in Jerez. Although initially conceived as a pure trading house, he started to explore the production of wine and in 1844 the first own vines were added. In 1849 Manuel Maria Gonzalez created his own brand Tio Pepe, the first registered trade mark in Spain. The name was a tribute to his uncle, José de la Pena, who strongly supported him. Today Tio Pepe is distributed to more than 150 countries around the world as one of the best-selling Finos in the world.
In 1855 he built bodega La Constancia and the estate was so successful that González associated with his British trade representative Robert Blake Byass. This was the foundation for today’s largest sherry producer Gonzalez Byass.
Today the firm owns about 650 hectares of prime sherry vineyard, many of which in the Jerez Superior area, and extensive vine nurseries.