The wines of Málaga
Reds, whites, rosés, sparkling and sweet wines make up the wide range of wines currently made in Málaga. The grape has been around the entire province since time immemorial. Despite the great phylloxera plague back in the 14th century, the vineyards of Málaga have resurfaced and are now renowned, unique and in demand by the most demanding palates.
The unevenness of the terrain, the proximity of the sea in some areas and the influence of the climate have all led to the development of viticulture here. Also worth mentioning are the numerous wineries, the involvement of the hotel establishments in showcasing local wines and their interest in pairing them with unique local dishes.
History of wine in Málaga
The first record of wine in Málaga dates back to the Phoenician era. In the 19th century, phylloxera razed the vineyards of the province, which were then neglected for years. Nowadays, Málaga wines are recognized worldwide and its numerous wineries offer a wide range of products: reds, whites, sweets, rosés...
Travelling to the past and reviewing its history shows numerous signs that reveal the social and economic importance of wine production in Roman times. And during the Muslim era in Málaga, the continued growth of vineyards was also crucial to its further development. Years later, in September 1933, at the request of the Vineyard and Winemakers Guilds of Málaga, the Regulatory Council of the Málaga Designation of Origin was created.
Varieties / types
The Regulatory Council of the Designations of Origin of Málaga, Sierras de Málaga and Pasas de Málaga, certifies the quality of the numerous wines in the province, made from grapes harvested in 67 municipalities. It also promotes their pairing with local products, such as cured goat cheese, Málaga omelettes with prawns or a rich selection of fruits.
The Málaga vineyards are home to numerous varieties, most notably autochthonous grapes, such as the romé or romé ininta, one of the most unique and versatile. Muscat is another important grape variety. This white grape can be made into wines ranging from sweet to natural, including dry whites with ever-present floral aromas. The Pedro Ximénez, predominant in the Montes de Málaga, is the top variety grown in Málaga. Even so, many foreign varieties are grown and blended with local ones to create wines that are spectacular on the palate and nose.
Recommended visits: Málaga Wine Museum
To learn more about its history and varieties, in addition to tasting some of the many local wines, the Málaga Wine Museum offers a journey into the past and present of the wine scene in the city and surrounding areas. This visit naturally offers a guided tour with a tasting, and you can buy your favourite ones in the museum shop to take home.
The museum is located in the old 18th-century Palacio de Biedmas, renovated and opened in 2008, just in time for the 75th anniversary of the Regulatory Council of the Málaga Designation of Origin. It brings together more than 400 antique pieces, from bottle labels, posters, advertising stamps for wine and raisins, casks and more.
For those who want to become experts in the field or obtain the amateur title of sommelier, the Málaga Wine Museum - through the Regulatory Council - has a training programme, talks and workshops, as well as tours through the city that combine fun and learning.
Where to enjoy them
Along with the Wine Museum, where you can buy any Málaga wine, and the markets and corner shops that have an ample selection, there are more and more restaurants and hotels that offer local wines.
From one end of the city to the other, tapas bars, signature cuisine restaurants and even burger places include a selection of local wines in their menu. Another option to find out how wine is made is to visit the wineries in the city that include guided tours and tastings with pairings.