Serranía de Ronda Wine and Winery Route
View of Ronda. Malaga
Landscape in the Serranía de Ronda
Bunches of grapes
The Serranía de Ronda Wine and Winery Route runs through the province of Malaga in southern Andalusia and covers the municipal districts of Ronda and Arriate. The surrounding area is home to the nature reserves of Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves –designated Biosphere Reserves– in addition to the Los Alcornocales nature reserve. Its location in the Mediterranean arc –with its special climate features and its diverse geology– gives these wines much of their distinctive character. The wine produced on this route is included under the designation of origin label 'Malaga. Sierras de Malaga'.
Wineries on the route.
- >Bodega La Melonera
- >Bodegas Descalzos Viejos
- >Bodega Joaquín Fernández
- >Bodega Doña Felisa
- >Bodega García Hidalgo
- >Bodega Cuesta la Viña
- >Bodega F. Schatz
- >Ronda Wine Information Centre
- >Bodegas Excelencia
- >Bodegas Morosanto
What are the wines like?
These are 'still' wines. The white wines produced on the route are made from the varieties Chardonnay, Colombar, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Viognier, while red wines are from Romé, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Graciano, Malbec, Monastrell and Tintilla de Rota grapes. In general, these wines are fruity in the nose, with a bouquet that mellows in older wines and acquires the complexity and distinctive aromas characteristic of mature wines. On the palate these wines are rounded, long-lasting, and fuller and more concentrated in the case of aged wines. The white wines are straw coloured with greenish highlights which are enhanced with hints of gold in aged wines. The reds vary from a deep violet to crimson or brick where they have undergone a long ageing process. Finally, the rosés have a range of pinkish to reddish tones.
What will I find?
Wine-tasting courses, wine therapy treatments, concerts in wine cellars, walks through vineyards, sampling the local gastronomy, a wine information centre… Outdoor activities for all ages, including cycle touring, kayaking, canyonning, hiking, bird-watching, experimental archaeology, hot-air balloon rides, caving, activities involving the Spanish fighting bull… An all-round cultural programme including festivities of interest to tourists such as the fair and fiestas of Pedro Romero, and the Easter week commemorations in Ronda and Arriate.
How to get there
The Wine Route is served by various international airports nearby. Jerez airport (Cadiz) is a little over 100 kilometres away; and the airports of Seville and Malaga are at a distance of 125 kilometres. Major ports nearby are Algeciras (about 100 kilometres), Malaga (118 kilometres) and Cadiz (around 150 kilometres). It also has a variety of road connections from Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Marbella and Seville.
The Serranía de Ronda Wine and Winery Route covers the municipalities of Arriate and Ronda. The latter has been declared a Property of Cultural Interest due to its historic heritage featuring particularly the Arab baths, the Mondragón Palace, the bullring of the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda and the Collegiate Church of Santa María, among other monuments.