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Enjoy a private Ronda wine tour from Malaga and enjoy Ronda; its wines, landscapes, and amazing heritage. A ‘must’ during your holidays in Malaga and one of the best wine tours in Andalusia. This city that spreads to the edge of a crag will leave you breathless. Not only for the incredible bridge that joins both parts of the city or its rich history that begins with the Romans. Also for its cobbled streets and its incredible wines. This private wine tour to Ronda and one of its wineries is perfect for all wine and history lovers. Private tour with pickup from Málaga. Minimum required to book: 2 people
During this wine tour to Ronda wine country, you will discover 1 winery near Ronda and learn from the experts about the wine-making process. Learn about the grape varieties that are grown in Ronda and the way in which they have been recuperated. At the end of the guided vineyard and winery visit, you will enjoy a guided tasting and tapas. After the wine, you will be driven to Ronda where you will enjoy free time to discover the city´s highlights
RONDA WINERY TOUR
You will be picked up at your accommodation in Malaga or at the port and your driver will take you to the Serranía de Ronda wine country region. This is part of the Serranía de Málaga Wine Appellation. The Control Board allows the use of up to 25 different varieties to make white, rosé and red wines. Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel are most used
During this wine tour you will have the opportunity to visit 1 winerie where you will learn the art of making wine guided by the winemaker or an expert of the winery. After following all of the steps of winemaking, you will taste its wines and tapas
On this wine tour, you will visit one of the most beautiful places in Spain, Ronda. Dozens of famous authors and artists passed through this city to write, paint, or simply to get inspired. Some examples are Washington Irving, Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, Richard Ford and Miguel de Cervantes, who is said to have written some of the chapters of Don Quixote there.
Ronda’s most inspiring spot is the new bridge, which is actually from the 18th century. This bridge was made to connect both parts of the city, the new and the old. The old part was founded by the Romans, but it was the Arabs who found in Ronda a paradise. Many are the archaeological remains that we can visit today like the Arabic Baths or the Church of Santa María la Mayor built over a former mosque. Part of the history of Ronda is related with bulls and with bandits. Ronda had the first bullring in Spain to have ‘modern’ bullfighting. Also, there are several legends and a museum that explains the lifestyle that bandits had in the mountains around Ronda.
If you are planning to tour on your own instead of being driven to enjoy wine tasting and Ronda in a private tour, the following information can be of interest.
Picasso’s hometown, Málaga, is well-known for its beaches. The city welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. They flock to its shores looking for relaxing Easter holidays, discovering its rich cultural heritage, or just spending a few days enjoying its annual fair. An increasing number of fans look also for a Ronda wine tour during their stay in the Malaga province.
In this section, we will cover the wine-producing regions of Sierras de Malaga. If you are looking for a tour to enjoy the wines of Ronda we recommend you the tour described above. If you would like to focus on the wine styles in Malaga region and Ronda follow the previous link.
In recent times, its port has become an attractive harbor for a mandatory visit to the Mediterranean cruise ships that sail these waters. No matter where you arrive to Málaga there are 3 main things you should consider adding to your itinerary in the area and one of them is for sure a Wine tour near Ronda.
A first stop in your plans should include the Málaga’s neighboring towns also add to the region’s enchantment -Marbella, Ronda, and the famous “white towns” of Mijas, to the west, and Frigiliana, to the east, rounds up an almost full touristic offer, that would appear to have no room left for vineyards or wineries.
The first idea that comes to any Spaniard’s mind when thinking about the wines from Málaga is one that recalls sweet wines made with the Moscatel grape.
A long time before these sweet wines acquired their reputation, the Moors cultivated the vine in the central highlands of Málaga. Albeit alcohol consumption was frowned upon, the locals tended to their vineyards and labeled its fermented fruit as medicinal, to avoid any frictions with the ruling power. The Al-malaquí xarab was a kind of grape syrup that held noticeable health benefits, such as boosting the appetite. Prior to the Moorish occupation, the vine had been planted in that region by the Phoenicians and the Greeks.
The biggest expansion of the wines of Málaga occurred during the 18th century. Back in those days, the wines coming out of this place were fortified (distilled grape alcohol was added to the wine). That was the fashion of the time. The hot temperatures in the south of Spain allowed the grapes to naturally reach high levels of potential alcohol, and the elaboration of fortified wines with up to 22º alcohol resulted in products that traveled well and showed resilience and endurance to the pass of time.
Wine producers decided to work with Moscatel and Pedro Ximenez varietals, leaving aside the rest of native grapes. When phylloxera hit Spain, many the already neglected native grapes were eradicated for good, taking with it hundreds of acres of planted vineyard. The combination of these circumstances ended up shaping the personality of the wine production in Málaga, traditionally linked to viticulture focused on the raisin making process for their grapes.
It was only during the last years of the 1990’s when a small group of producers started to make still wines from these sun-bathed vineyards.
This sparked a radical shift in the local wine industry, slowly reducing the fortified and sweet wine production, opening room for the still wine new era, and it is here where the wines of Ronda have played an important role.
Since the raisin-suited Pedro Ximenez and Moscatel varietals dominated the landscape, and the majority of the native grapes were wiped out by the phylloxera, the growers had to resort to foreign breeds, such as Petit Verdot, which adapted itself to the region’s climate especially well.
When 2001 came around, the new still wine trend was a reality. So things had to be reorganized. The D.O. (the national administrative distinction of winemaking territories) was divided in two: Vinos de Málaga (for wines above 15º to 22º in alcohol), and Vinos de Sierras de Málaga (for still wines below 15º in alcohol).
In the light of said relabeling, the land under vine around the central highlands of Málaga, Ronda, and the municipality of Axarquía, became the preferred location for the Sierras de Málaga wines.
Ronda itself is a true magnet for tourism. This locality sits on a ridge over 2.300 feet, blessed with cool nights that bring down the temperature of the hot days. This thermal contrast is an advantage to grape growing, as the sun is generous on its effect to ripen the fruit, while the cool nights slow down the maturation and retains the acidity.
Humidity has its role too. The proximity to the Mediterranean sea of Ronda moderates the temperatures throughout the seasons and the different sets of hills allow the farmers to choose and orientate their plants in the most convenient way to provide just the right amounts of sunlight and shade.
Considering that the majority of the land under vine was planted recently, it is clear that the potential of this wine region is barely starting to show. As these vines get older, and their roots grow deeper, we will begin to see the wines from the Sierra de Ronda show their true character. It is worth mentioning that many of the wine operations around this area have been identified as organic farming since their origins.
On top of all this, the Ronda region calls out for a mandatory stop in La Axarquía. This land stretches out from the coastline (Nejar and its stunning caves) all the way inland. It is a hilly landscape with a high content of slate in its soil. The traditionally-planted vineyard implies a tough work for the farmers. In this kind of steep terrain, the vine roots are forced to reach far down the surface in order to find their vital resources, giving the wines a determined mineral component. The average altitude of the vineyards and the coastal influence produce balanced and elegant wines.
Overall, a charming countryside were the vine cohabits with other tropical fruits, surrounding the magical “white towns”.
When visiting Málaga, the hometown of Picasso, it is common to lose oneself in the beauty of the agrarian scenery and its high-quality produce. Even though a short trip around the city of Ronda and its highlands, or going East to the Axarquía. The contrast of the blue sea, the white beaches, and the jagged green hills that shape the mainland and its charismatic villages will leave a long-lasting memory. You will be able to find more information on Ronda in this website.
Enjoy Ronda and the Sierras de Málaga region!
Enjoy a fantastic day tour from Seville. Get to know Jerez de la Frontera, its amazing horses and an authentic sherry bodega. The tour continues in Cadiz, one of Spain´s hidden gems. A perfect tour to combine culture and wine with a superb horse dance show and an introduction to the famous Sherry wines of Jerez de la Frontera. The day ends with a visit to the fantastic, yet unknown, city of Cadiz. A top hidden gem in Spain! … Read More