HISTORY AND CULTURE
MONTILLA-MORILES WINE ROUTE
Going into it means walking through a land that preserves an important cultural, historical, architectural, artistic and ethnographic legacy. It also means approaching the region where born the generous wines of the D.O.P. Montilla-Moriles. Some wines that constitute a separate world within the universe of oenology and that have become the exclusive heritage of a framework that can’t be transferred to any other corner of Spain.
The landscape and life of this region has been largely determined by this plant and the production of wines that have made it famous inside and outside our borders. Vineyards and wineries are the places where wine lives. Places where it is worthwhile to stop and that have served as a starting point for the creation of a Route that, as its motto says, is much more than wine
LOCATION AND CONTACT
KNOWS OUR ROUTE
Joven, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez.
They are the five main classes of wines of the Denomination of Origin Montilla-Moriles, in which draws attention to the spectacular range of colors and tonalities that unfold.
Then, their unmistakable aromas, ranging from the freshness of the fruit to the most noble oak, leaving an unforgettable memory on the palate.
The wineries of the Montilla-Moriles Wine Route offer the possibility of enjoying a tailored tasting, both for connoisseurs and neophytes, for lovers or simply curious, while showing the peculiarities of the development of these wines where the undisputed star is the Pedro Ximénez grape variety and in which the biological aging (for the Fine) and the oxidative aging (for the Amontillados, Olorosos and Pedro Ximénez) take part following the system of criaderas and soleras.
The Subbaetic mountains, the countryside, oil, flamenco and pottery
From monuments as emblematic as the Mosque to nature reserves and parks like the Subbaetic mountains; from small family presses scattered over the countryside to the great wineries; from “gachas de mosto” porridge to the most innovative cuisine; from a flamenco route to a visit to a wine-producing mill or a pottery. City and country join forces to make a formidable setting.
Place of architectural, artistic and ethnographic heritage
The capital, Cordoba, and the regions that make up the Montilla-Moriles Wine Route proudly preserve their architectural, artistic and ethnographic heritage. All the cultures that have passed this way (Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Roman etc.) have left their mark: these municipalities are also included in other interesting routes like the Route of the Caliphate, the Route of the Renaissance and the Route of Roman Andalusia. You can also visit such famous monuments as the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, the Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, hundreds of churches in many architectural styles, like Our Lady of the Soterraño, the convent of Saint Claire and the Parish Church of Saint Matthew. Age-old presses and ceramics, archaeological and art museums. Then there are Roman sites like Fuente del Álamo, castles, ancestral homes, squares and towers that all add to your knowledge of the culture of this land.
The Fiesta of the Patios of Cordoba, the Wine Tastings, the Harvest Festivals and Easter Week are the main things to see
On this route you can experience so many festivals: the Festival of the May Crosses, the Festival of the Patios of Cordoba, the Wine Tastings, the Harvest Festivals, Easter Week, etc. And all year round, you can drink a toast with the local wine and enjoy the traditional dishes of each village you visit.
Gastronomy with character
The gastronomy of the villages of the Route has its own identity in which the products of the earth are united to the Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures and in which the Montilla-Moriles wines are perfect companions or just another ingredient. A delicious tour that leads to know dishes such as salmorejo, flamenquín, beans with eggplant and blood sausage, orange peaks with cod, must porridge, arrope, sweet quince, Cordovan cake, alfajores and many more .
This Route also offers innovative flavors such as the reduction of Pedro Ximénez to garnish desserts, appetizers or main dishes, increasingly used in signature cuisine, and other original products such as wine ice cream or Pedro Ximénez gelatin, an ideal complement to pâté, foie gras, cheeses, grilled meats or simply with toast.
From a route of wineries and wine tastings with flamenco to eating lunch in mills
The territory occupied by the Montilla-Moriles Wine Route also offers the possibility of combining the world of wine with other themed tours such as the Route of the Caliphate, the Route of the Renaissance or the Route of the “Bética Romana”, representatives of the different cultures that they have been populating, and indispensable to know the spirit of this land.
At the same time, discover its great craft tradition, which maintains ancient trades of the world of wine such as the cooperage, the turning of wood for different uses in the cellars or the almost extinct tinwork that produces jugs, venues and canoes to pour and transfer the broths . The town of La Rambla stands out as one of the main centers of artistic ceramics in Spain and, in other towns along the Ruta, jewelery, leather crafts and goldsmithing continue to be one of the engines of its economy.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Route is located in the geographical heart of Andalusia, in the center and south of the province of Córdoba
It is integrated by the 17 municipalities that form the Denomination of Origin Montilla-Moriles and Córdoba. Very well connected by the A-45 motorway and national roads. In addition, it runs the AVE line, with two stations in the territory. In addition, it is 60 minutes from international airports such as Malaga or Seville and 90 minutes from cities such as Granada or Jaén.
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