Grapes have been grown in Andalusia since ancient times and it land produces quality wines which are known worldwide. It was during the 16th and 17th century when, thanks the strong rise of maritime trade, experienced a huge increase.
Land topography, geology and weather in Andalusia are exceptional to grow wine. Mediterranean weather, micro climates, mild temperatures (16 ºC), no frost, lots of sunshine hours, a strong altitudinal contrast and a care system, are exceptional to produce high quality wines as well as different and characteristic ones.
This trend has continued until now. More than 70 % of vineyards from Andalusia are covered by one of the six designation of origin founded by his own regulatory council: Condado de Huelva (1933), Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (1933), Manzanilla de Sanlúcar (1964), Málaga (1933), Sierras de Málaga (2001) and Montilla-Moriles (1985).
In addition to this trademarks it exists 13 protected geographical indications (Vinos de la Tierra) and other historical wines which aren`t covered by the mark, but with a huge popularity, such as “Tintilla de Rota”, “Pajarete”, “Moscatel de Chipiona” and “Mosto de Aljarafe”…
Around these wines have been created a wine culture where we can include cellars, museums, festivals, etc.