Montilla-Moriles

In many ways, Montilla could be classed as the “comeback kid” of Andalucía. Until the beginning of 20th century, a good deal of what was once produced here would have found its way into sherry bodegas. In 1933, however, when both Sherry and Montilla were each appointed with their own Consejo Regulador this practice was put on an end. Yet even with the lost of the sherry market, Montilla bounced back and began to focus on its own wines. These are largely unfortified, made from the Pedro Ximénez (PX) grape, and are allowed to ferment naturally into high-strength wines that are then aged in tinajas.

The D.O. zone surrounds the two towns of Montilla and Moriles, both are in the province of Córdoba. Soils here fall into two groups: albarizas, the chalk-white topsoils seen elsewhere in Andalucía and ruedas, sandy regions on the borders of the region. The central area of about 2,670 hectares of vineyards is classified as superior and produces the best grapes. The altitude is between 300 and 700 metres and the climate is hot and continental, bordering on the semi-arid in places, in spite of relatively generous rainfall. The trouble is that the rain tends to fall all at once, leaving the rest of the year mainly dry.

Modern Montilla wines fall into three groups. The first are light, fresh jóvenes afrutados made from PX or other grapes, picked early to retain acidity and not exceeding twelve per cent abv. These tend to be pleasant, neutral wines. The second group comprises vinos crianzas: wines aged statically in tinaja or cask. The third group is the vinos generosos (fino and oloroso in most markets). The finos are generally unfortified, but amontillados and olorosos are up to eighteen per cent abv, with a little help from fortification where necessary.



Wines from this Region

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Pedro Ximenez Gran Barquero Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximénez Gran Barquero Montilla-Moriles

Region Montilla-Moriles

Producer Pérez Barquero

Variety Pedro Ximénez

Type Sweet

£16.79

inc VAT
Fino Gran Barquero Montilla-Moriles de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in the UK

Fino Gran Barquero Montilla-Moriles

Region Montilla-Moriles

Producer Pérez Barquero

Variety Pedro Ximénez

Type Sherry

£13.29

inc VAT
Amontillado Gran Barquero Montilla-Moriles de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Amontillado Gran Barquero Montilla-Moriles

Region Montilla-Moriles

Producer Pérez Barquero

Variety Pedro Ximénez

Type Sherry

£16.49

inc VAT
Fino Gran Barquero Montilla-Moriles 37.5Cl

Fino Gran Barquero Montilla-Moriles 37.5Cl

Region Montilla-Moriles

Producer Pérez Barquero

Variety Pedro Ximénez

Type Sherry

£8.99

inc VAT
Pedro Ximenez de Cosecha de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Pedro Ximénez de Cosecha 2014

Region Montilla-Moriles

Producer Pérez Barquero

Variety Pedro Ximénez

Type Sweet

£12.79

inc VAT