MONTES DE MALAGA (PEDRO XIMENEZ)
The vineyards are located in the Montes de Málaga Natural Park , in the municipality of Málaga. They are, in total, twelve small plots between 40 and 150 years old of vineyards, almost hidden in a Mediterranean forest of holm oaks, cork oaks and Aleppo pine . They are dry farmed vineyards located at an altitude between 800 and 1000 m. An extremely steep topography, with slopes between 46 and 76%, forces manual tillage with ancestral viticulture techniques , including the use of mules to overcome the harvest’s difficulty. Because of these singularities, it can be classified as heroic viticulture. Due to the type of soil, orography and age of the vineyard, the yields obtained are very low (around 900-1000 kg / Ha). If we add to this that the presence of vineyards is almost vestigial in this area of Malaga, we can say that we are facing a very exclusive wine .
In this area the subhumid temperate Mediterranean climate predominates. 585 mm annual rainfall, with torrential rains.
The Montes de Málaga come from the Maláguide complex originated in the Sea bottom during the Precambrian, 600 million years ago. They are very poor soils in organic matter, acidic and extremely complex in their composition, with the presence of phyllites (blackboards), limestones, sandstones, shales, grawacas, silica, magma intrusions, shales and other materials that make them unclassifiable.
ALTA AXARQUIA (MOSCATEL DE MALAGA)
The Alta Axarquía, comprises a set of municipalities east of Malaga in the surroundings of the Natural Park of Sierra Tejeda, dominated by La Maroma, the highest peak in Malaga. Specifically, these wines come from three municipalities: La Viñuela, Comares and Benamargosa. This landscape has great similarities, in terms of slope, altitude, age of the vineyards, with that of the Montes de Málaga, so viticulture is very similar, as well as the low yields obtained.
Temperate Mediterranean climate subhumid. Annual rainfall between 500 – 600 mm, with torrential rainfall.
These materials come from the Alpujárride complex dating back to the lower Triassic, 252 million years ago. They are very poor soils in organic matter, mainly composed of schitos (slate) dotted with white quartz.