Wine tourism on the Costa del Sol

Did you know that as well as the glorious sunshine and beaches, the Costa del Sol is a great place to discover wine? It may not be as well known as the more traditional wine producing areas of the world, but Andalucia is growing in reputation for producing great quality wines and increasingly opening up their bodegas and vineyards to visitors. Wine is excellent value for money here in Spain and there are many specialist wine shops and bars where you can try some of the best and most interesting wines in Spain.

If you want wine to play a role in your next Costa del Sol holiday, here are four things to do and places to go –

  1. Take a day trip to Ronda

Ronda has been making wines since the Roman times and has a wonderful climate and soil conditions. In recent years, it has been making a name for itself for producing some excellent wines and recently launched an official wine tourism route where you can visit bodegas, sample wines and find out how they are made. While you’re there, marvel at the gorge and enormous bridge and visit the home of modern bullfighting. Ronda is an easy day trip from Marbella.

  1. Visit Manilva and learn about their sweet wines

Manilva is in the western Costa del Sol and is famous for its sweet wines and white village surrounded by vines. There is a wine museum where you can learn about the making of the wines and do a tasting. This is where Nilva wine is being produced, a new breed of Manilva wine which is winning many awards at the moment and you can meet the maker and even visit the vineyards as part of a tour. Nearby Puerto de la Duquesa is a popular holiday spot, with great restaurants, bars and nightlife. We have a selection of Manilva holiday rentals, such as this two bedroom apartment in Sabinillas, ask our team for recommendations.

  1. Head to Mijas Pueblo

Mijas Pueblo is one of the Costa del Sol’s most charming villages, with winding streets, white washed houses and lots of lovely shops and restaurants. For wine buffs, a visit to the wine museum is a must. You can pop in and sample wines and learn about them from their well trained staff, or if you have a group of 8 or more you can book a special wine tasting course which is an excellent experience. If this sounds like a good base for your holiday, browse our Mijas holiday rentals.

  1. Try sherry and do a bodega tour in Jerez

A little further afield is the birthplace of sherry Jerez, approximately two hours drive from Marbella. It makes a good day trip, but if you want to sample the sherry it may be wise to stay overnight. There are massive bodegas such as Tio Pepe which you can visit, learn about the production and try the sherries. There are also more interesting places such as the Bodega Tradición which specialises in very old and rare sherries and has a wonderful collection of Spanish art.

Foodies and wine buffs are really spoilt for choice here on the Costa del Sol with many Michelin starred restaurants offering wonderful food with wine pairings and many great gourmet markets to visit. Enjoy your visit!