|Raise a glass to Andalucia and its exquisite wines.|
There are over 40.000 Hectares of vineyards in Andalucia. Over half of the wine in Andalucia is produced in four "Denominación de Origen" (DO) areas (equivalent to France's Appellation d'origine controllée).
Andalucia produces one of the most famous wines in the world, Sherry, from winyards in the 'Sherry triangle' More >
Table wines from the 'Sierras de Malaga' mainly around Serrania de Ronda producing 'The Ronda Wines'. More >
Montilla-Moriles, located in the south of the province of Córdoba. The wine here has certain similarities with the Sherry. More >
Condado de Huelva - A selection of dry and sweet white wines from Huelva province. More >
Andalucia produces one of the most famous wines in the world, Sherry, from winyards in the 'Sherry triangle' of the three towns; Jerez de la Frontera - Sanlúcar de Barrameda - Sanlucar de Barrameda in the province of Cádiz
Malaga and Sierras de Malaga
Traditionally the sweet Malaga desert wines from La Axarquia. Additionaly nowadays innovative vintners are producing interesting red and white table wines in the 'Sierras de Malaga' mainly around Ronda and the Serrania de Ronda producing what are popularly known as
'The Ronda Wines'.
Traditionally sweet desert wines and fortified wines but nowadays also includes a wider range of production from this area in Cordoba province.
Condado de Huelva
A selection of dry and sweet white wines from Huelva province.
In addition to the above there are several smaller wine making districts called "Comarcas Vinícolas".
History of AndaluciaN Wine
Nobody knows when wine-making was first introduced to Andalusia. It could have been brought there by the Greeks 2,500 years ago or even earlier, by seafaring Phoenician traders from the east. What we do know for sure is that by the time of the Romans wine was being made in Andalusia in a big way, and the activity has continued more or less uninterruptedly ever since. Wine was appreciated even during the centuries of Moorish domination: the Koran frowns on the consumption of alcohol, but the Moors made wine and imbibed it with gusto, for "medicinal" purposes. They even introduced the technique of distilling into Spain. The Spanish word for still, alambique, is Arabic in origin, as is the English and Spanish word, "alcohol".
From the 15th century onwards, Andalusian wines were shipped to appreciative drinkers elsewhere in Europe, particularly England, where there was a great fondness for Sack (as Sherry was called) and sweet wines from Málaga. This happy situation prevailed until the 19th century when European vineyards were affected by oidium (a fungus), followed by an even more devastating plague of Phylloxera, the American vine root louse, which first appeared in Bordeaux in 1868 and spread to Jerez and Málaga 20 years later. Jerez's vineyards were replanted with plague-resistant American rootstock, but some areas never fully recovered.