Wine from Málaga is a wonderful, unique and sweet liqueur wine made mainly on white Moscatel and Pedro Ximénez grapes.
Wines from this region have been popular since Roman times, but demand fell in the 19th century, when people began to prefer dry white wine. In recent years, there has been a massive renewed interest in the sweet and unique wine from the Málaga region of Spain, which now produces 5.8 million liters each year.
The wine's grapes may be grown, pressed and fermented elsewhere in the Málaga province, but it is said that only if the wine is stored in the city of Málaga can it be regarded as genuine “wine from Málaga”.
Most of the wine is produced in Antequera, located north of Málaga. The area is favored by extremely hot summers and very cold winters. It helps the grapes develop the unique properties needed to get a traditional sweet wine.
The vine is, of course, a plant, and its fruit needs sunlight to ripen. As the grapes ripen and advance through the maturation process, their sugar levels increase. The greater the sugar level, the greater the percentage of alcohol in the resulting wine. After the harvest, the grapes are placed beneath the sun’s sizzling heat to further increase their sugar content and dry out the grapes before they are pressed.
Wines produced from grapes in this region are dark in color, despite the use of white grapes. This is a result of overripening. Also, the color of the wine darkens the longer it matures. Typically, wines from Málaga range from light yellow to deep black in color.
One famous wine bar in Málaga, Antigua Casa de Guardia, dates from 1840 and thus is the city's oldest wine bar. The bar's wines are still handled from vineyards located inland and slightly northeast of Málaga in the village of Olias. In the vineyard, 10 different Málaga wines are produced from the grape varieties Pedro Ximenex, Moscatel and Romé.
Types of Wine from Málaga:
- Málaga Pálido - stored for a maximum of 6 months
- Málaga - stored 6-24 months
- Málaga Noble - stored 2-3 years
- Málaga Añejo - stored between 3-5 years
- Málaga Trasañejo - stored over 5 years
As with most wines, those from Málaga are considered to be better with age, but of course, it is a matter of taste. Especially in the older wines, the taste and aroma are rich and developed. With notes of coffee, caramel, nuts, spices, plums and cocoa, wines from Málaga often pair perfectly with a good chocolate dessert.
The locals also enjoy the wine for their tapas, and wines from Málaga can be purchased at all the local tapas bars in Málaga and the surrounding region.