RONDA - UNIQUE TERROIR
SERRANIAS DE RONDA
With Africa just across the water, and winds travelling from both the Mediterranean and Atlantic seas, both the soil and the air carries with it plenty of promise. Ronda offers the perfect terroir for the perfect wine.
Serranias de Ronda is the unique terroir in Andalucia, southern Spain, situated at an altitude of between 750 and 1,000 metres. It is the combination of the warm Mediterranean highland climate and the stronger cooler Atlantic influences that make Ronda wine so unique.
Daytime temperatures during the ripening season in this region are consistently high, while at night it can get very cold. This contrast of temperature provides ‘resting time’ for the vines and allows acidity and complexity to develop within the grape; all of which produces the unique taste for which Ronda wines are famed.
MEDIEVAL MOUNTAIN MAGIC
Ronda is considered to be one of the most remarkable medieval towns in Spain. Its wine making history dates back over 2000 years when Romans cultivated vines and produced wine near the prominent city of Acinipo (meaning ‘land of vines’), whose ruins can still be found on the outskirts of Ronda. In fact the wine was so good they say that is was sent back to Italy to be enjoyed in Rome itself.
Ronda’s wine making industry has received a recent revival following the phylloxera virus in the 19th century that wiped out vines and convinced farmers to turn to olive oil production instead. In the 1980's the first new Ronda vineyard was established and now there are nearly 30 vineyards scattered among the Ronda countryside. Ronda’s wine industry progressed so quickly that in the year 2000 the area got its own sub zone, Serranía de Ronda, as part of the D.O. Sierras de Malaga appellation.
These boutique wineries, inspired by their Roman forefathers, are paving the way for Ronda to stand proudly as one of the newest and most revered wine producing regions in Spain. Their artisanal and natural approach to agriculture and wine production is evident in the high quality and unique taste of their wines, putting Ronda on the wine producing map of the world.