What wines should you try when on holiday in Malaga...?
Local Malaga wines to try
Sarah Delbeke, Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, asks: I’m holidaying on the Spanish coast near Malaga this summer. I know it’s famous for its sweet fortified wine, but how about dry wines.
Researching online, it seems to be mainly dull international grapes, and Tempranillo – the only grape that sounds remotely interesting is the red Romé. What is this like?
Sarah Jane Evans MW replies: Romé is found at higher altitudes above Malaga. It’s a pale red with good cherry fruit character.
Clara Verheij and André Both are producers of the Ariyanas wines at Bodegas Bentomiz in the Axarquia region east of Malaga, and have been reviving the variety. Given its low pigmentation, their 100% Romé is a rosado. Their red is a blend of Romé with three other varieties.
Malaga is rightly famous for its sweet Moscatels, revived in recent times by Telmo Rodriguez. Do try them.
As for dry wines, look out for the aromatic dry white Moscatels. Try the Ariyanas Seco Sobre Lías Finas, and the partly barrel-fermented Botani from Jorge Ordóñez, both from the Sierras de Malaga DO.