What are the wines like?
The range of wines produced in the land of Montilla-Moriles is extensive: Young, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, Muscatel and Pedro Ximénez (one of the most famous) are some of the varieties you can sample. You will find wines that are ideal for tapas, to go with desserts, to serve with cured meats and sausages or to accompany fish and shellfish. 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 festivals 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, gastronomy 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. At the Ceramics Museum in La Rambla, you will see the collection on display in a 15th century tower and in a contemporary building. Leisure centres and thematic attractions: 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, Centre for Contemporary Art and Wine; a point of reference for new creators. And in Lucena, you will find the Olivino Centro Enogastronómico, based on Cordovan gastronomy and featuring a panoramic restaurant. History: take a journey into the past in the Roman Villa of Fuente de Álamo in Puente Genil. You will visit the well-preserved site of this ancient village 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 at the Memories of Wine Visitor Centre in Montemayor, you can learn about the history and culture of the wines on this route. For more information, enquire at any of the tourist offices.
How to get here
The Montilla-Moriles Wine Route is located in the south of Spain, in Andalusia, in the territory between the rivers Genil and Guadajoz in the province of Cordoba. The international airports of Seville and Malaga, located just over an hour's drive away, provide easy access by air. By rail, the connection is excellent thanks to the AVE high-speed train, which allows you to reach Cordoba from Madrid in just an hour and 45 minutes, and from Seville in 40 minutes. If you opt for driving, the A-4 motorway will take you to Cordoba from Madrid (394 kilometres) and from Seville (142 kilometres), linking up with the A-45 to reach the other towns included on this route.Montilla, Cordoba, Lucena, Moriles, Aguilar de la Frontera, Fernán Nuñez, Montemayor, La Rambla and Puente Genil are some of the towns on the route, which you will find nestled amidst a landscape of vines, olive trees and grain. In addition to the production process and the quality of the wines, these places also boast a valuable historical and monumental heritage, the legacy of the many cultures that have passed through this part of Andalusia. Use the map on this page to see all the destinations on the D.O. Montilla-Moriles Wine Route.