Enjoy a wine tour in Ronda from Malaga or Marbella
Ronda is just an hour and a half drive from Marbella or Malaga. Ronda is well known for its natural beauty that you can admire from your car while driving amidst mountainous landscapes. You can enjoy breathtaking views wherever you look, and the dramatic iconic gorge and Puente Nuevo bridge are something you need to experience. Although it’s not located far from the coast, Ronda feels like a world away. By all means, this is the perfect day trip,if you are planning ashort visit from Marbella or Malaga!
A paradise for wine tourism
Ronda is a mecca for wine tourism. Ronda’s uniqueness is due to its particular location in the southernmost latitude of the Mediterranean arch. The geological diversity of the soils, together with the altitude and the climatic characteristics make up a biodiverse scenario that develops red, white and rosé wines with a great display of aromas and great personality.
Exploring the Serranía de Ronda Wine Route
The area near Ronda has a long and rich winemaking history. There is even a special tourist route called Serranía de Ronda Wine Route. The local wineries, which are famously called bodegas in Spanish, can give you a chance to try amazing wines. The wines of Serrania de Ronda, are made with the white varieties of Chardonnay, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Viognier; and red Romé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shyrah, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Graciano, Malbec, Monastrell and Tintilla de Rota. All in all, there are 18 wineries on the route, and visiting any of them can turn into an unforgettable cultural and gastronomic experience.
To enjoy fantastic wines and get the best of what the wine tour in Ronda can offer, you can take advantage of the tips we can give.
A to Z of Ronda’s wine tour
Planning a day trip is the first thing that must be done. Since there are almost two dozens of wineries, you need to be selective and navigate around. Do some research and plan your visit to a few of them. Your day trip should ideally include not more than 2-3 bodegas.
Available online are the names and contact information of all the local bodegas. Each of them has its own spirit and a set of special offers, so you’d better find something to your liking beforehand. It would be equally important to read the tourists’ comments and reviews. In some cases, you will also need to book a visit in advance or pre-order some wine experiences or tastings.
When in Ronda’s Old Town, don’t miss the opportunity to start you visit with the local Wine Museum, where Ronda Wine Information Centre is located. In its 12 rooms, there’s so much to be discovered and learned about the early (and the latest) days of wine making, the ways to harvest excellent grapes, process and eventually bottle superb wine. Guided visits and tastings are highly recommended.
It is equally amazing to see the vineyards and descend to the wine cellars. Visiting different places and tasting different wines, you will be able to compare and find what suits you best. However, do not try to pack too many bodegas in one day itinerary: you will get bored and feel they repeat one another.
Mix your wine experience with tasting traditional Spanish food of this mountainous region. You may find it different from what you can consume in Marbella or Malaga. The meals are rich and hearty, the portions are bigger, and the food spicier. You are strongly recommended to taste Oxs tail, stews, partridge, and wild boar. A lunch like this will make you feel prepared for visiting another vineyard.
During the wine tour, you will drive through astounding landscapes, taste the best samples of wine in beautiful bodegas, and stroll the charming streets of Ronda’s historical center.To help you enjoy the amazing wines and vineyards of Ronda, we offer a fantastic day trip from Malaga or Marbella. If you want everything to be planned for you, there are many options to book an organized tour, which includes not only visits to wineries and wine tasting, but also guided sightseeing in Ronda.