Andalusia, the southernmost region of Iberian Peninsula, hot, vibrant and full of history. The birthplace of flamenco and some of the best wines in the world for more than 3,000 years.
Producing and growing wine in Andalusia dates back many centuries, reaching an early and well-deserved international prestige in the 16th and 17th century, the root of this incredible rise to fame was their involvement in international maritime trade at the ports such as Sanlúcar de Barrameda. In today’s post, we are going to travel south, and a take a look at a few different zones in this prestigous wine producing region. Will you join us?
Vinos finos y claveles. Imagen por Ignacio Palomo (CC BY 2.0)
Despite the over generalisations about the extreme Andalusian heat, one thing is sure, Andalusia is the largest region in Spain with a large variety of different climatic zones. These zones influence in major way the different wines produced in this region.
As a general rule, we can define three large zones and their climatic contours: “La zona” Atlantic, cooler temperatures than the other zones, producing wines from Jerez and Sanlúcar. “la zona” Mediterranean, famous for producing red wines, like those from D.O Sierras de Málaga and finally the wines belonging to the “La zona” Continental, much hotter and drier than the previous two, ideal for the production of fortified dessert wines which are high in natural sugars, D.O Montilla Moriles.
To help you understand a little bit better this three contours, we have prepared three recommendations of Andalusian wine, please don’t miss out:
Tío Pepe en Rama. From Marco de Jerez, produced by the legendary winery, Gonzalez Byass. We recommend Tío Pepe en Rama, un fino en rama, meaning this product is sold without being filtered or cleared. A memory of those long days of old, where the wine was consumed straight from the bottle. This is 100% Palomino Fino originating from the best soils in Jerez. Perfect as an aperitif and as a pairing for any type of tapas.
Payoya Negra 2012. We now travel to Serranía de Ronda, in the heart of the D.O Sierra de Málaga, to present this juicy blend of Tintilla de Rota, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvinon originating from vineyards located at 600 to 900 meters above sea level. Full-bodied, mature and fruity, but the acidity is refreshing with a wonderful wooden touch.
Alvear Px de Añada 2013. Bodegas Alvear occupies a place of merit, as being one of the most respected wineries in the D.O Montilla Moriles. An understandable fact when you know their wines. 100% Pedro Ximénez originates from grapes from the same 2013 vintage, warming, embracing, dense, unctuous and very, very sweet.
What are you waiting for? You are going to love them!