Top 10 Spanish regions to watch

18th December, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Malaga

While more commonly associated with sun, sea and Pablo Picasso, winemaking in Malaga can be traced back to 600BC. The DO has experienced a winemaking renaissance of late, with wine writers and consumers waking up to the charms of its sweet wines made from Moscatel and Pedro Ximénez.

Blazing a trail in this department are the aforementioned Telmo Rodriguez and Bodegas Jorge Ordoñez. The former, who calls his creations “mountain wines” after the 17th century English expression for sweet wines from Malaga, is making a name for himself with Molino Real, made from Moscatel grapes left to dry in the sun for two weeks. Over at Bodegas Jorge Ordoñez, Jorge’s sister, Victoria, is in charge of making sweet elixirs from Moscatel.

Founded as a joint venture between Ordoñez and Hungarian sweet wine guru, the late Aloïs Kracher, the estate in Axarqui up in the Malaga mountains produces four dessert wines of varying sweetness in miniscule amounts – under 4,000 bottles of each.

Once tasted, never forgotten, their unctuous palates burst with tropical fruit, from mango and peach to papaya and apricot, balanced by crisp acidity and a mineral core. Meanwhile, in the Sierras de Ronda, red grape Romé is showing great promise for Andalusia.

2 Responses to “Top 10 Spanish regions to watch”

  1. Great review of some unknown regions of spain, congrats!
    Thanks to help understanding that Spain is much more than Rioja and Rinera Del Duero… Now for the next one, please have a look to Ribera Del Jucar, smallest wine region of spain, right between Mancha and Manchuela, special terroir with only a few producers working with local varieties as Bobal, Moscatel de Grano Menudo, Cencibel and other foreing such Petit Verdot, Merlot, etc that has adapted in an spectacular way showing special tipicity… you want uniqueness? go Ribera Del Jucar.

  2. Colin Harkness says:

    Interesting & encouraging article, thnx. Also responsible for increased intetest in Spanish wines are articles by wine luminaries such as Jancis Robinson MW & + on a much smaller but longer lived scale, myself, in Cork Talk costa-news.com, now in its 17th year and still promoting all that’s good in the happening world of Spanish wine!

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