Málaga wines were very popular in the 18th and 19th century. The wines were exported to many countries around the world at the time. Phylloxera spread from 1878 until the first three decades of the 20th century and it ruined most of the vines due to which Málaga lost its market position. The wines are currently being discovered again and are protected by the Denominación de Origen (guarantee of origin and quality of a wine) “Málaga” and “Sierras de Málaga”.
Many restaurants in the historical centre, the location of the main gastronomic area of the city, serve these wines with a broad range of cuisine choices.
Museums, wine cellars, professional groups and many festivals are still part of Málaga's life, a symbiosis of wine and the city from the Lower Roman Empire through to our times.