THE ‘happy mice of Jerez’ are well known across the internet, thanks to numerous videos and photos from astounded tourists.

The story came about, according to legend, when a worker at Gonzalez Byass was sitting eating his lunch in the shadows of the bodega on a hot summer day, a cooling glass of Tio Pepe by his side.

He was roused from his siesta by a mouse which was quietly tucking into his sherry.

So taken by the good taste of the mouse, was he, that to make it easier for the mice and his pals to share, the worker put up a small ladder leading up to one of the big vats.

It can still be seen, leaning against a glass on the floor of the bodega, and is still used by sherry-fancying mice when the bodega is quiet.

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