Montilla-Moriles lies at the centre of a historical triangle that may be drawn between Granada, Seville and Córdoba city. It lies in Córdoba province. Today the vines share the space with wheat and olives to give the classical Mediterranean trilogy: bread, wine and oil.
Its wines are often wrongly though it of simply as another Sherry, although its history is as distinguished as that of its more famous Sherry neighbour. The main grape, Pedro Ximénez, makes it distinct.
There are three basic types of Montilla wine: young fruity wines, aged (crianza) wines and generosos, which have aged in a Solera system and include a wide range of styles from fino to amontillado – a style invented here in the 18th-century – to oloroso. Its PX wines -that is, Pedro Ximénez- are of increasing importance. They are also, legally, sold to Jerez and Málaga producers. Experimental plantations of light wine grapes, as yet not permitted in DO wines, suggests that Montilla-Moriles may well be toying with the idea of a separate sub-denomination to produce young red and white wines.
The climate offers potential for registered organic growing, which has just begun.
Consejo Regulador de la DO Montilla-Moriles
Avda. Jose Padillo Delgado, s/n.
+34 957 652 110