The Bodegas of Ronda

“We sighted Ronda. It was raised up in the mountains, like a natural extension of the landscape, and in the sunlight it seemed to me to be the most beautiful city in the world.” J. Agustín Goytisolo 

You could say the best way to sample the flavours of a country is to taste its wine. Spain is famous across the globe for its wine production. In fact, it has the most land of any country in the world dedicated to its vineyards. Each area of Spain has its own cultivation to offer, a relatively new addition to this would be Andalusia’s wine route, known as the Serrania de Ronda wine route.

Based around the town of Ronda, the wine route threads through the breathtaking scenery of the natural landscape and architectural sights in the historical town centre, stopping to taste wine in the authentic bodegas. Many of these are small, family run businesses that have been passed on for generations so you know that there is true heart in the essence of these wines. 

The Serrania de Ronda wine route might be a fairly recent development but wine production has been linked to the area for thousands of years. Archeological findings have revealed much about the ancient wine making practices of the region. The Roman Empire even used nearby towns to produce wines and import them back to Rome. How often do you get to drink Roman Empire approved wine? Luckily, vineyards that were cultivated long ago by the Romans, Moorish and Phoenicians have survived and are still scattered throughout the Andalusian countryside. 

Locally and internationally, wines from Ronda are garnering a great reputation for their unique aromas and flavours. The nature surrounding the town and bodegas is very special; the geology, proximity to the Mediterranean sea and micro-climate of Ronda create a clear individual flavour. In this sense, the wine on the Serrania de Ronda trail will give you a true taste of the nature and history of the town at every stop.

Niamh Macdonald