Wine tasting in Andalusia may not be the first thing you remember when you travel to Spain. But in the vicinity of Finca Las Nuevas, there are a few nice locations for wine tasting.
The wine history of Andalusia
According to the Malaga en el corazón website, Málaga was one of the first cities in Europe to grow wine grapes. Some say that the Phoenicians were the first to bring the vines to the colonies they founded, especially in Málaga, Almuñecar and Adra.
However, there are indications that the Greeks introduced vineyards in Málaga around 600 BC. A prismatic fermentation tank has been found in Villa Bajo Imperio in Cártama. Coins with bunches of grapes on them have been found in Ronda near the Roman ruins, which may indicate wine production in that area.
With the arrival of the Catholic Monarchs, wine production increased and became a hot and important industry. The planting of vines continued to increase in the 18th century and hundreds of ships left the port of Málaga to transport the wines around the world. The heyday of the wine trade was from 1787 to 1829.
Phylloxera strikes in Andalusia
In 1863 the tide turned and the Phylloxera vastatrix came to France and Austria via the United States. This led to fungi and bacteria causing the roots of the vines to die. It was expected that the Phylloxera would reach Spain via France. But in 1878, the first outbreak of phylloxera occurred in Moclinejo in the province of Málaga.
A merchant from Madrid had bought an infected vine in Bordeaux and given it to the winegrower in Moclinejo. They bought American vines to combat phylloxera, which only exacerbated the situation and left a healthy vineyard in 1889.
In the Museo del Vino in Málaga, you can learn more about Andalusia’s wine history and sip a bit of wine! Here you can have a look at the museum.
Wine tasting near Finca Las Nuevas
You don’t have to go far for a wine tasting. There are some nice wine tastings to do in the vicinity of Finca Las Nuevas.
Bodegas Sánchez Rosado – Cártama
In 1998, the Sanchez-Rosado family set up a vineyard in the mountains of Cártama. Today, a Belgian family runs the vineyard. The road to it is already beautiful with beautiful views over the Guadalhorce valley.
During a guided tour you visit the vineyard and get an explanation about the process from grape to wine. A wine tasting with tasty tapas follows this. The tours are from Monday to Friday at 11 a.m. and last about 2 to 2.5 hours. Do not forget to register 48 hours in advance. For more information, visit Bodegas Sánchez Rosado.
Bodegas Pérez Hidalgo S.L. – Álora
If you don’t want a tour of a vineyard, but just wine tasting, you can go to Bodegas Pérez Hidalgo in Álora. In the summer they are open from 8 am to 2 pm and in the winter from 9 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm.
Bodega Gross Hermanos – Antequera
In 2007, this family business at the foot of the mountain massif El Torcal started their bodega and vineyard. The vineyard is ecological and works sustainably, creating a symbiosis with the natural environment that ensures a grape of the highest quality. Next to the vineyard, there is an oak plantation where black truffles grow and there is a small vegetable garden where seasonal vegetables are grown.
You can make an appointment by email for a tour and wine tasting.
Bodegas Bentomiz – Sayalonga
Bodegas Bentomiz is located on the other side of Málaga. At this beautiful location, you can not only enjoy a visit to the vineyard and wine tasting, but you can also enjoy a delicious lunch.
The vineyard is about eighty to one hundred years old and is located at an altitude of 800 meters. The wine must be good since more than 20 Michelin-star restaurants serve their wines! You can book a visit on the website.
Nice place to enjoy a good bottle of wine
If you want to enjoy a delicious glass of wine in peace, come and spend the night at Finca Las Nuevas. From your terrace with your self-selected and purchased bottle of wine, you can have great evenings with beautiful sunsets with us! Check availability on the website of Finca Las Nuevas.
Finca Las Nuevas has five cosy holiday homes on a converted olive farm in the mountains near Málaga. It is an ideal place for a wonderful holiday.