Our Andalucia wine tasting experiences have taken us to some wonderful locations and brought us into contact with some fascinating and passionate people. Here we give you a brief run-down of the region through its wines. Spain is a country where you can always find a delicious local wine to pair with the cuisine of the region and Andalucia is no exception.
By far the most famous wine of the Andalucia region is the sherry of Jerez. These fortified wines are famous all over the world and known in Spain as the Vino de Jerez and only wine produced in an area of Cádiz between Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María, can bear this name.
The Jerez Denominación de Origen was the first Spanish denominación to be officially recognized in 1933 and was officially named as D.O. Jerez-Xeres-Sherry . This was followed by the D.O. Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
Types of sherry include; Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo cortado, Jerez dulce and Cream. No trip to Andalucia is complete without a tasting trip to one of the many Sherry Bodegas in Jerez where the wines are often paired with the finest local hams.
Sherry is not all that Andalucia has to offer and there is are plenty of up-and-coming wine makers working hard to prove that Andalucia can be a force to be reckoned with in the world of non-fortified wine.
The warm slopes of the mountain regions around Malaga and Granada are producing some stunning white wines as well as some surprisingly delicious reds. In fact, all over the region there are a good mix of small organic vineyards producing interesting and modern wines, and some larger producers looking to put the region firmly on the Spanish wine map. Andalucia is certainly a wine region to keep an eye on over the next 10 years.
Below is a list of the current officially-recognised Andulcia wine denominations. Of course, there are many great wines produced outside of the context of the official DOs and they should not be discounted when embarking on any tasting adventure. In fact, we positively encourage it. We have stumbled on some of our favourite wines while straying off the beaten track.