A terrific historic spot, Ronda is also one of Spain’s best wine tourism destinations. Located in the immediate vicinity of the remains of Acinipo, the ancient Roman settlement which was literally called “the city of wine”, Ronda boasts excellent vineyards and very fine wineries. This part of Andalusia has always been particularly good at winemaking. Barrels of its precious product were even sent back to Rome in those ancient days – as a true label of high quality and recognition. Today, even the most exquisite connoisseurs will find the local wine a worthy heir of this glorious legacy. A lot of wine tours are offered to Ronda, a lot of wineries – also known as bodegas – can be visited, but let’s focus on the ones that cannot be missed.
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Best known for its hospitality, service and awesome foods and drinks, Bodega Garcia Hidalgo is appreciated by its thankful visitors. Located on the road connecting Arriate and Ronda, this vineyard is run by the Garcia Hildago family. Being honored to represent Ronda’s best winemakers, they always offer the best samples of wine and the most mouth-watering tapas you can possibly imagine.
Bodega Joaquín Fernández
One of the most popular destinations for wine tourists, Bodega Ecologica Joaquín Fernández is focused on producing organically clean wine. Visiting this place is an experience of its own kind: except excellent wines, you will also practice horse-back riding and taste ecological olive oil. This family business is quite demanded, so it is better to make a reservation before a visit.
Bodega Descalzos Viejos
Offering a superb panorama of Ronda’s cliffs and bathing under the hot Andalusian sun, Bodega Descalzos Viejos has everything you need for an unforgettable stay. The winery frequently hosts popular social events, offers a fine selection of red wines accompanied by live music. Group and individual tastings are organized in advance.
Bodega Doña Felisa
When José Maria Losantos and his wife Gema Alonso started their family-run winery more than 20 years ago, they only had a firm intention, a favorable location and a hospitable environment. As time passed, they also earned great reputation and an army of fans. Except one-hour tours of the vineyard, Bodega Doña Felisa also offers wonderful dinners and delicious red, rosé and white wines.
Bodega F. Schatz
Back in 1982, the Schatz family came to Andalusia from Southern Tyrol and planted 9 varieties of red and white grapes. Interestingly enough, Friedrich Schatz represents a dynasty of German winemakers whose name is associated with wines since the middle of the 17th century. Since then, their business expanded and brought them international awards and exclusive name recognition. Tours of this winery can be booked online and in advance.
Bodega Cortijo los Aguilares
Covering the area of almost 20 hectares, Bodega Cortijo los Aguilaresis a great example of Andalusian wineries. With prior reservation, you can taste the region’s best wines that have won awards at international competitions and exhibitions.
A native-born Austrian, Martin Kieninger, has been producing wine in Ronda since 2000. Even though he brought the Zweigelt, Blauburgunder, and Blaufraenkisch grape varieties from Austria, they got acclimatized to hot Andalusian summers and made Martin a local celebrity. If you want to visit his family business, you need to book a tour at least three days in advance.
Enjoying its gorgeous location in front of Puente Nuevo, Samsara Wines unites inspired young professionals, who cultivate ecological grapes and make organic wine. They are famous for producing Spanish and French wines of high quality that can be purchased online or tasted on site.
A representative of a well-famed wine family, Javier Suqué had a dream to leave something worthy and valuable to his posterity. He shared this dream with his cousin and they both decided to settle in Ronda and restore the family’s wine-growing traditions. Book a tour to La Melonera and see how this dream was brought to life together with a superb collection of indigenous wines.
Located on the road to Setenil, Bodegas Morosantospecializes in red, rosé, and white wines. Before sampling wines, you can also enjoy a vineyard tour. The premises of Bodegas Morosanto look especially scenic due to the Roman and Moorish ruins, literally scattered all around this ancient site.