Montilla – Bodegas Alvear
At about an hour’s drive starting from Casa La Nuez in the direction of Córdoba, you will find the village of Montilla overlooking its vineyards. It’s not a large area but very important for the production of dessert wines.
This is where the ‘Pedro Ximénez’ grape is being cultivated and processed into sweet wines and liqueurs.
In the 16th century Peter Siemens, a German, introduced a new variety of grapes related to the Riesling grape. The branches are resistant to heat, cold winters and rain and thrive very well in and around Montilla. The Spaniards named the grape after him but as they could not pronounce his name changed it to ‘Pedro Ximénez’ or ‘PX – wines’.
In the centre you can visit the oldest bodega in Andalucia : Bodegas ALVEAR. Founded in 1729, and currently run by the 8th generation of the family.
The stately building exhales old Spanish pride and in the bodega countless barrels are resting.
(in a constant temperature of 27°C, so nice and cool in the summer …)
The wines are produced according to the ‘criaderas y soleras’ principle, which is being explained during a guided visit.
Although related to sherry the people from Montilla do not want to be compared with the famous aperitif. After being produced extra artificial alcohol is added to sherry wines to reach a percentage of 16 % while Montilla wines reach this level in a natural way.
Maria Auxiliadora 1 – 14550 Montilla
Reservations : 0034 957 66 40 14
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Guided visits only : every weekday at 12.30 u. with a Spanish guide
If you wish a guided tour in English, French or German you can ask us to make a reservation.