Your one stop shop to learning about Ronda wines
The city of Ronda is becoming increasingly well known in Andalucia for its wine culture and its small and intimate wineries. Thus, at the same time, Ronda wines are becoming more and more popular. The variety of vines, cultivation techniques and styles of each grower has given rise to a wide variety of local wines. Visitors can find these in most bars and restaurants in Ronda as well as in small shops. All of these establishments are conscious of the importance of promoting farm-to-table products for example, in this case, Ronda wines.
Our city is not famous for its wines by chance. During the years 47-44bc in the roman city of Acinipio, an archaeological site situated 20kms from Ronda (really worth a visit if you are in our city for a few days), the vines formed part of the core of the society’s economy. Evidence of this can be seen in various documentation found from that time. The orography of the area, characterized by landscapes of sloping vineyards, and the methods of cultivation and harvesting made Ronda wines stand out and throughout the centuries these were protected by the public administration, thus confirming its economic importance at the same time. Evidence of the traditional history of Ronda wines can be found in some ancient wineries, for example the spectacular Descalzos Viejos winery, that rises above a 16th century trinity convent. As the owners themselves point out on their website, since 1988 “the project has involved the revival of the main building and its gardens, orchards, ponds, fountains and surroundings, thanks to an extensive and thorough restoration in which all the original architectural and artistic elements able to be recovered were reintegrated and consolidated. This space fuses together architecture, history and the study of wine in order to transport us to the past and teach us more about the evolution of Ronda wines.
The story of Ronda wines, however, has certainly seen some bumps in the road. At the end of the 19th century there was a phylloxera plague that entered our country through three major sources: Oporto, Gerona and the near city of Malaga. In fact, the first record of phylloxera in Spain dates back to 1878 and was located in this latter city, more specifically in the farm ‘The Indiana in Mocinejo’. The spread through this autonomous city was more than fast, consequently the insect caused irreparable damage to the vineyards of the zone so that it would be decades before we could safely recover them and return to our winemaking tradition.
At the end of the 20th century and into the 21st century, local and foreign winemakers started to trust in the land once more and return to the exciting world of winemaking in order to produce the excellent wines of today that are found in the origins of Malaga and the Malaga province. Now you can find more than 20 vineries in Ronda, many of which are included in the Wine Route, where you can immerse yourself in the diversity and individuality of the Ronda wines thanks to you guided tours and wine tastings. At Entrelenguas we also want to offer a different way of getting to know this fascinating world with our Ronda wine tastings, and you can also try different wines in our cooking classes.
We sincerely encourage that while in Ronda you do not pass up the opportunity to immerse yourself in the history and culture of winemaking in this area. Tell us about your experiences in the comments and share your recommendations with our readers!