Wine Tasting on Costa del Sol
By Viator, July 2013
Within road-trip distance of Costa del Sol are several of Andalucia’s most noteworthy Denominaciones de Origen (DO) – essentially a regulatory classification similar to French appellations. The first and most close-by of those is that of Málaga. While the grapes from Málaga-classified wines are grown and fermented throughout the province, they are unique in that they are aged within the city itself. Málaga’s most famous sweet wines -- typically made with either Moscatel or Pedro Ximenez grapes -- come from wineries like Tierras de Mollina and López Hermanos.
Just inland from the Costa del Sol, you can also venture into Córdoba and its wine-producing region of Montilla-Moriles. Situated to the south, this DO is especially known for its dry fortified white wine called fino, often overshadowed by Jerez’s Sherry, which is similar. While in Montilla-Moriles, you can take your pick of visiting over 95 vineyards; namely Alvear, the region’s biggest and oldest bodega, which dates back to 1729.
But the most acclaimed of Andalucia’s wine regions is undoubtedly Jerez and its fortified sweet wine called Sherry. Spice up your visit to the area with a proper day trip to Jerez and Cádiz from Costa del Sol. During your journey, you will not only visit one of the province’s most prestigious wineries, but also check out an Andalusian horse show, and tour through the city of Cádiz both on land and at sea.
You can of course find wine throughout the regions both in and surrounding the Costa del Sol, from the winding hills of the Alpujarra mountains to the more seaside vineyards of Almería. Many of these wines and their bodegas may not claim DO status, but rather the title of vino de la tierra. A step below DOs, they are still very much worth indulging in.