The Montilla-Moriles wine tasting is the biggest event to promote knowledge of the Protected Designation of Origin wines and vinegars from Montilla-Moriles. For five consecutive days, more than thirty wineries and establishments from the catering sector exhibit a whole range of samples that will allow you to enjoy this delicious red liquid.
As well as tasting the drinks, they are accompanied by aperitifs that make up the most traditional tapas of the area, along with activities and music to liven up the atmosphere. As if that were not enough, this is one of the most visited celebrations of the spring in Cordoba, along with the Festivity of the Crosses, the Patios of Cordoba and the Fair of Our Lady of Health. For all these reasons it is a highly recommendable date in your travel calendar.
The origins of the vine go back to the Tertiary period. It was cultivated and domesticated during the Neolithic period in a region between Iraq and Iran, although to reach the Montilla area we have to wait until ancient times, specifically the Iberian peoples. Historical research dates its beginnings to the eighth or ninth century B.C. It is undoubtedly a remote tradition which has enjoyed a good reputation since ancient times. In ancient Rome, wines from Hispania Ulterior were highly regarded. These lands were valuable booty after the Christian conquest where they were given to different nobles. They took up wine production again, which had been somewhat paralysed by Muslim rule.
The Qur’an forbids its consumption but it was used as medication. Improvements in its preservation through bottling in glass jars and the use of sulphur dioxide led to the development of wine as we understand it today during the 17th century. It was also around this time that the first crianzas began to appear in the southern Iberian region. Unfortunately, two centuries later, the lethal phylloxera plague endangered production which, although it was able to withstand the plague thanks to the use of native vines, meant the disappearance of certain varieties forever.
In 1932, the wines of Montilla officially obtained the protected designation of origin, which guaranteed the quality of the product by indissolubly associating it with its place of origin. Thus, in 1983, the Montilla-Moriles Regulatory Council decided to carry out a series of activities in order to promote these exquisite wines. For thirty-seven editions the tasting has been held in different locations until 2012 when it was moved to the Explanada de la Diputación de Córdoba.
This year also saw a change in the calendar, as previously the tasting coincided with the Festivity of the Crosses in May, which produced a competition between the two events. Nowadays the tasting is not overshadowed by any other celebration and in fact serves as an aperitif for the busy Cordoban spring agenda.
The production area of these wines includes a large part of the southern part of the province of Córdoba, bordered by the rivers Genil and Guadajoz, from east to west, and the Guadalquivir and the Sierras de la Subbética, from north to south. In this vast territory, the highest quality is found in the Sierra de Montilla and Los Moriles Altos due to the soil conditions that give the appellation its name. The ageing area corresponds to the city of Córdoba. Its wines are characterised by ageing in American oak barrels. Among them, the best known are the Fino and the Amontillado.
These are aged under a layer of yeast that protects the liquid from oxidation, known as velo de flor, and which gives them a peculiar smell reminiscent of pastries. The wide variety of wines means that there is something for everyone, from the mildest to the strongest. In recent years, more and more organic options have been developed for more ethical consumers. Whatever your profile, here are the must-haves for wine tasting.
A very “aromatic and pleasant” wine, a Verdejo that should definitely be tasted. The winery defines it as “intense and perfumed on the nose with tones reminiscent of tropical fruits: pineapple, mango and guava together with light citrus tones, green tea and pear in syrup”. As for the taste, in the mouth it is smooth, fresh, with delicate bitter and saline tones. Persistent. Once again, the already defined primary aromas come to the nose.
Con aromas punzantes, notas de panadería y almendra, este vino elaborado con uvas de la variedad Pedro Ximénez es perfecto para tomar con aperitivos e incluso con pescado frito. Quienes lo han degustado aseguran que su paso por la boca es sutil y homogéneo, con una entrada salina y un final amargo.
Bodegas Alvear definen a su Carlos VII como un fino muy viejo, envejecido mediante crianza biológica, terminando su elaboración en crianza oxidativa, en botas de roble americano, mediante el tradicional sistema de criaderas y soleras con sacas y rocíos periódicos, hasta completar una edad media de más de quince años. En boca es «elegante y sedoso. Seco, potente y muy amplio, que trae recuerdos muy notables de frutos secos».
Las entradas pueden adquirirse tanto de forma online como en las taquillas presenciales. Solo se pide pase para acceder al recinto por la noche ya que durante el día es gratuito. El ticket standard cuesta 8 euros y da derecho a 5 consumiciones más una copa. Luego está la Noche Gastronómica que tiene un coste de 14 euros que consta de los mismos servicios de la anterior (5 consumiciones más copa) y a mayores trae una ración canjeable en los establecimientos de restauración. Aún así el resto de los días es posible comprar comida pagando un nuevo cupón de 6 euros.
Estos son precios basados en las propuestas de otros años pero es conveniente comprobar la programación porque se podrían producir cambios. Del mismo modo lo habitual es que, como ya se a mencionado, la cata tenga lugar en la Explanada de la Excma., Diputación de Córdoba en la plaza de Colón, s/n, a veinte minutos caminando desde la Mezquita.
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