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Montilla-Moriles is the Designated Origin (D.O.) wine zone of south Cordoba. The winemaking history of this area dates back to the Romans and the Moors, and it is quite possibly the oldest in Andalusia. The main white grape variety of this area - Pedro Ximenez - is worldwide known. Join this long weekend escape: you will discover and taste the unique wines from Cordoba, while you experience and learn the history of this magnificent city, which was once the centre of the vastest empire in Europe.
During this wine holiday, guests will stay at pre-selected and pre-viewed, 3-stars rural boutique hotels. Bedrooms are normally for 2 people sharing (double or twin room).
This wine tasting holiday will take place in and around the Denomination of Origin (D.O.) wine zone of Montilla, and the city of Cordoba, Spain.
Cordoba is a mid-sized city of 350,000 people. Very few places in the world can boast of having been the capital of a Roman province (Hispania Ulterior), the capital of an Arab State (Al-Andalus), and a Caliphate. This ancient city was the political and intellectual capital of the Caliphate of Cordoba, since the advent of Islamic rule from the 8th century. Nestled in a valley, along the Guadalquivir river backed by the Sierra Morena mountains in the north, it provided a strategic defense position enjoying the auspicious energy of the mountain and river. Under the rule of the Caliph Abderraman the III, it became the centre of education and learning. Under his rule, hundreds of mosques and splendid palaces were built and an irrigation system for agriculture and infrastructure was developed. Cordoba was at the zenith of its importance in that era, but it did not survive the march of time. It soon declined in importance but its legacy lives on, and today, UNESCO lists its historic centre as a world heritage site.
One of the most magnificent legacies of Moorish architecture is the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. The Mosque went through four stages of transformation by various Islamic rulers. It became the centre of not only religious but also cultural, social, and political activities. When King Ferdinand III, reconquered Cordoba in 1236, it was consecrated as a Catholic Cathedral. Walking through the Cathedral it is like walking through a timeline of Moorish rule and Christian re-conquest. It is a breathtaking piece of architectural wonder, created by skilled Byzantine artisans and architects.
Montilla is the center of this D.O. wine zone. The winemaking history of this area dates back to the Romans and the Moors; quite possibly the oldest in Andalusia. The landscape is dry and the soil is a blinding white Albariza (white marl composed of clay, calcium, and marine fossils). Its excellent moisture retention is very significant, as this area is hotter than almost anywhere else in Spain.
During this wine holiday, guests will be provided with daily breakfast, 1 tapas lunch, 3 dinners, and of course, lots of wine tasting. The main white grape variety in Montilla area is the worldwide known Pedro Ximenez. With a delicate skin and high sugar content, the wines that are made from it reach up to 14% and 16% alcohol. They are matured using the solar system and classified into the following styles:
Amontillado (gradually oxidized)
Fino (dry and nutty)
Joven (young and fruity)
Oloroso (richer and heavier)
Pedro Ximenez (sweet and thick, honoring the actual grape name)
Take a horse ride (1 hour or 2 hours)
Walk around Cordoba in your spare time
Please arrive Malaga Airport (AGP). Just Explore will pick you up. The pick up is included in the price.