Escape to the Vineyards of Córdoba
Unique and organic wines of Andalucia
MONTILLAis the center of this Denomination of
Origin wine zone. The winemaking history of this area
dates back to the Romans and the Moors and it's
quite possibly the oldest in Andalucia.
The landscape here 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 signifcant as this area is hotter than almost anywhere else in Spain.
The main white grape variety of this 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 solera system and classifed into the following styles: Joven (young and fruity), Fino (dry and nutty), Amontillado (gradually oxidated), Oloroso (richer and heavier) and Pedro Ximénez (sweet and thick, honoring the actual grape name)
CORDOBA is a mid-sized city of 350,000 people. A great cultural reference point in Europe, this ancient city has been declared a World Heritage Site and contains a mixture of the diverse cultures that have settled it throughout history (muslim, jewish and christian). Very few places in the world can boast of having been the capital of a Roman province (Hispania Baetica), the capital of an Arab State (Al-Andalus) and a Caliphate. When the Muslims conquered the city in 711, Cordoba became the political, fnancial and economic centre of the Muslim Emirate of Al-Andalus. From 756, it is the capital of the independent Emirate of Cordoba, founded by the Umayyad prince Abd al-Rahman I. From 929, when the Emir Abd al-Rahaman III proclaims himself Caliph, Cordoba would be the capital of an independent Caliphate. The kingdom of Abd al-Rahman III was the most glorious period of the city history.
Such splendor is palpable in the intellectual wealth of this city, that has seen the birth of fgures like Seneca, Averroes, and Maimonides. The historic quarter of Cordoba is a beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares and whitewashed courtyards arranged around the Mezquita, which refects the city's prominent place in the Islamic world during medieval times. Cordoba also has much to offer in terms of art, culture and leisure, thanks to a myriad of cultural events that are organized here throughout the year: Flamenco festivals, concerts, ballet and other activities. These events are complemented by a number of museums and a good nightlife scene.