Beltrán Domecq was appointed last month

Beltrán Domecq was appointed last month

The government-controlled body that oversees Sherry producers has elected a new president. 

Beltrán Domecq takes on the role for Sherry's Consejo Regulador, during what he said is a difficult period for the Spanish fortified wine. 

“Even though the situation that the Sherry sector is facing nowadays is not easy, we must be optimistic,” Domecq said. 

“With the help of all the members of the denomination, bodegas and vineyard growers alike, and putting our efforts in line, there is no doubt that we will be able to reach our common goals and build a brilliant future for Sherry.”

Domecq was unanimously appointed in a meeting of Sherry's Consejo Regulador board on 28 June, the Sherry Institute of Spain said. It is not immediately clear who he is replacing.

Domecq has worked for Beam Jerez and on projects in Mexico, California and the Philippines, the institute said.

He is a former president of the Andalucian Association of Oenologists.

Each wine region in Spain has its own Consejo Regulador, an official government body responsible for that area.