What are the wines like?
The range of wines produced in the Montilla-Moriles area is wide, from young wines to the sherries: Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Palo Cortado, and the dessert wines: Muscatel and Pedro Ximénez (one of the most famous). You’ll find wines that are perfect for tapas, for dessert, to accompany cured meats or with fish and shellfish dishes. This wide repertoire will enable you to enjoy various nuances: from crisp, dry wines to sweet, fruity wines; from pale, almost transparent to golden, hazelnut tones; a range of bouquets from delicate to spicy... What’s more, seeing how the traditional Andalusian cellar masters serve the wine is a spectacle in itself.
What I can find
Tapas: this informal style of eating out is the perfect way of sampling a range of traditional delicacies and local dishes from Cordoba. There are traditional, lively fiestas. such as the Cordoba Courtyards Festival and the Montilla Wine Harvest Festival, where you’ll be able to experience everything from horse races to traditional methods of grape-pressing by foot. Flamenco shows.Cordoba's stunning monuments have made the city a UNESCO World Heritage site, especially the Great Mosque. There are towns and villages with interesting, historic buildings, such as the castles in Lucena and Montemayor, and the stately houses found in Fernán Núñez and Aguilar de la Frontera. The “Wine Network” is a series of spaces conceived to enable visitors to learn more about the culture, cuisine and nature along this Wine Route: Museums: in the Campiña (Countryside) Museum in Fernán Núñez, you’ll find an open-air centre, which was built using donations from the local citizens, and a sculpture exhibition. In the Ceramics Museum in La Rambla, visitors can see the collection displayed in a 15th century tower, and in a contemporary building. Leisure and thematic centres: Carta de los Paisajes in Aguilar de la Frontera, where the castle is home to a multi-functional centre featuring a theatre and hosting various wine-themed events. It also has a viewing point with explanatory panels. In Montilla, don’t miss Envidarte, the Contemporary Arts and Wine Centre, a landmark initiative for all new creators. Lucena is home to the Olivino Wine and Gastronomic Centre, featuring the typical gastronomy of Cordoba, and with its own panoramic restaurant. History: take a journey into the past in the Roman Villa of Fuente de Álamo in Puente Genil. Discover the well-conserved archaeological site of this old villa which was originally dedicated to the production of wine and oil. Information and visitor centre: in the permanent Information Centre in the Plaza de las Tendillas square in Cordoba, visitors can find information about the Wine Network. And the Memorias del Vino Visitor Centre in Montemayor takes a look at the history and culture of the wines along this Route.For more information enquire at any of the tourist offices.
How to get here
The Montilla-Moriles Wine Route is in southern Spain, in Andalusia, in the region lying between the Genil and Guadajoz Rivers in the province of Cordoba. Seville and Malaga international airports are a little over an hour away by car, offering access by air. By rail, there is an excellent connection on the AVE high speed train, which takes you to Cordoba from Madrid in just 1 hour 45 minutes, and from Seville in 40 minutes. If you prefer to travel by car, the A-4 motorway runs to Cordoba from Madrid (394 kilometres) and from Seville (142 kilometres), joining the A-45 to access the remaining towns and villages on the route.
Montilla, Cordoba, Lucena, Moriles, Aguilar de la Frontera, Fernán Nuñez, Montemayor, La Rambla and Puente Genil are some of the towns that figure on the route, set in a landscape dominated by vines, olive trees and cereal crops. Besides the production process and the quality of its wines, here you can also discover a wealth of heritage and monuments, the legacy of numerous different cultures that made this part of Andalusia their home. Use the map on this page to see all the destinations that form part of the Montilla-Moriles Wine Route.