Ramiro Ibáñez, a native of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Sanlúqueno, is a winemaker and historian of the winemaking tradition established long ago in the Marco de Jerez. After completing his wine studies, Ramiro traveled and worked in different wineries around the world before returning to his beloved birthplace to consult for bodegas. In 2012, Ramiro started the Cota 45 project, dedicated to reviving tradition and expression of the specific terruño of the sherry triangle.
Out of his winery which he calls his albarizatorio, Ramiro produces wines from the past that look forward to the future, a preservation of history and a revival of near extinct varietals.
Cota 45 produces unfortified palomino fino wines from specific Sanlúcar Pagos: Carrascal, Miraflores, and Maina. The wines are fermented in manzanilla barrels. In addition, as part of a recuperation of lost varietals, Ramiro blends palomino fino with other grapes and ages them biologically and oxidatively, again bottling unfortified. The asoleo method of sun drying grapes before pressing is also utilized for PX wine.