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5 Best Malaga Winery Tours and Experiences

The province of Malaga is home to some of the best wineries in Andalucia. The climate and diverse land in Malaga are ideal to grow a variety of grapes.

Malaga’s wine industry dates back centuries, and nowadays there are plenty of wineries producing a wide range of wines – from white to rose and red wines.

While Malaga is often seen as a beach holiday destination, the truth is that Malaga is a paradise for wine lovers. Whether you love sweet or sparkling wine, you can taste all sorts of wine in Malaga.

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, you need to visit one of the many vineyards in the province.

There are Malaga wineries which offer fantastic wine-tasting experiences and often specialise in a particular type of wine.

In this blog, you’re going to discover incredible Malaga winery tours to enjoy an intimate or group experience during your time in Malaga.

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5 Incredible Malaga winery tours (with food included)

Evening Wine and Tapas Tour

Location: Malaga

Duration: 3 h and 30 min

Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 (147 reviews)

On this evening tour, you’ll enjoy tasting delicious food and regional wines while experiencing the nightlife in Malaga city centre.

This tour will take you to four different bars, each offering a variety of delicious tapas and wines. What I love the most about this tour is the fact that has a maximum group size of just 12 people, so you can have a more personalised experience.

In addition to this, the knowledgeable guide will tell you many interesting facts about the history and culture of Malaga’s dining scene, and to top it all off, you’ll receive a copy of the Malaga Dining Guide so you can check out other restaurants and bars during your trip to Malaga.

📌 Book this evening wine and tapas tour here

Traditional Tapas and Wine Tour

el pimpi bodega, malaga winery located in the city centre

Location: Malaga

Duration: 2 h and 30 min

Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 (49 reviews)

If you’re looking for a good tapas and wine tour in Malaga city centre, this tour ticks all the boxes.

This tour takes you to the best taverns and wine cellars in the city, including Bodega El Pimpi, the second oldest Malaga winery which also offers incredible traditional dishes like pescaito frito (fried fish).

Through this 2.5-hour tour, you’ll get to try 5 or 6 varieties of homemade tapas, as well as 3 glasses of wine, beer, or vermouth. And, if you’re a vegetarian, pescatarian, or don’t eat pork, don’t worry because there are plenty of alternative tapas available.

One of the best things about the tour is that you get a list of all the recipes so you can recreate your favourite tapas at home.

📌 Book this evening wine and tapas tour here

Short Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

Location: Ronda

Duration: 1 h and 30 min

Reviews: 5 out of 5 stars (103 reviews)

If you’re looking for a short guided wine tour during your time in Ronda, on this tour you’ll have the opportunity to sample delicious wines as well as enjoy the beautiful views of the vineyards.

The wine-tasting tour takes place in Bodega Doña Felisa. This Malaga winery is one of the best places to learn about the winemakers’ passion for their vines and the entire production process. You’ll taste 3 different types of wine and local tapas.

This is a great tour to immerse yourself in the wine production culture, the only downside is that there aren’t pick-up and drop-off options, so you need to make your way to the winery.

📌 Book this short guided tour with wine and tapas tasting here

Private Ronda Wine Tour with Tapas

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Location: Ronda (pick-up in Malaga or Costa del Sol)

Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Reviews: 5 out of 5 stars (7 reviews)

Sometimes you don’t fancy going on a tour that is crowded and there’s a big group, and instead, you want a more intimate experience with a loved one, friends or family. If that’s your case, this wine tour is perfect for you.

On this tour, not only will you visit one of Ronda’s popular wineries, but you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful town of Ronda.

First, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and head to Finca La Melonera winery. Here you’ll learn about the history behind this winery, and the wine-making process, and you’ll also taste delicious wines.

Then you’ll explore the picturesque town of Ronda, with its charming streets and buildings, and interesting museums.

Last but not least, you’ll get to see the beautiful bridge and gorge, called Tajo de Ronda, and have opportunities to take photos.

📌 Book this private Ronda wine tour here

Raisin Route Tour

grapes for raisins

Location: Several towns in the east side of Malaga (pick up from Torre del Mar to Nerja)

Duration: 8 h 30 min

Reviews: 5 out of 5 stars (10 reviews)

La Ruta de la Pasa (Muscat Raisin Route) is the best place to learn about raisin production. This is a 62 km route that passes through La Axarquia region where you’ll find whitewashed towns like Comares and El Borge with a big Moorish influence.

This tour doesn’t involve wine tasting itself, but it’s a great alternative if you want to taste the best muscat raisins in Spain.

You’ll start the day by being picked up from your accommodation and stop at an Andalusian country house, where you can see how raisins are made.

Then you’ll visit the famous Raisin Museum in Almáchar, where you can learn about the history of raisins in the region.

Finally, the tour ends with a stop at El Borge, the heart of the Raisin Route. Here you’ll go on a short walking tour and have a delicious lunch cooked with local products.

The best thing about this tour is the fact that you immerse yourself in the local culture and see how some families make a living from raisin production. And, on top of this, you visit pretty towns packed with scenic views too.

📌 Book this raisin route tour here

Types of wines in Malaga

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Before you go on any Malaga wine tour, it’s important to have a bit of knowledge on the wines you’re going to potentially taste.

There are two different denominations of origin (DO): D.O. Malaga and D.O. Sierra de Malaga.

D.O. Malaga

This classification includes the most well-known wines in Malaga: the sweet wines, which are served across restaurants in the city and in traditional events like Feria de Malaga (Malaga’s Fair). These are wines that go perfectly with cheese, chocolate and even fruits.

Some of the most popular wines are:

Pedro Ximénez

If you love wine, you’ve probably heard of Pedro Ximénez. This is a dark and sweet wine made from the Pedro Ximenez grape that grows in Malaga as well as other parts of Spain like Cordoba.

This type of wine can be served with any savoury or sweet dishes.

Moscatel

Moscatel wine is made from the Muscat grape. It’s a sweet, aromatic wine with a golden colour.

Moscatel wines are often made in a late-harvest style which means that the grapes are left on the vine longer than other wines to increase their sugar content. This results in a sweeter and more intense flavour.

This wine is typically served with dessert or as an after-dinner drink.

Pajarete

Pajarete wine is probably the most unique wine in Malaga. It’s often referred to as a liqueur wine and it’s a wine that needs to be aged for at least 2 years. In addition to this, wine producers can’t add extra syrup to the wine, and they need to wait until it has a golden to dark amber colour.

This wine is ideal to accompany cured cheese, bread entrees and rice dishes.

D.O. Sierra de Malaga

sardines prepared in malaga spain

This classification includes lesser-known wines, but they certainly don’t lack flavour. This group has white, red and rose wines which are worth trying.

Some of these wines are:

Lunares

This wine is produced in Lunares Winery in Ronda. It’s made of two types of grapes: Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. It has a golden colour and a juicy flavour.

Cloé Rosé

This is a wine made of grenache grapes in Bodegas Doña Felisa in Ronda. Cloé Rosé is the only Malaga winery that produces this type of rose wine.

Tips for visiting wineries in Malaga

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  • Apply sun cream, especially in the summer months when it’s very warm in Malaga. You can easily get sunburn.
  • Take water with you. Some tours provide water bottles, but it’s better to take your reusable bottle to avoid using unnecessary plastic.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You might walk on the vineyards, take the stairs, and walk on cobblestone streets if the tour includes a visit to a town like Ronda.
  • Do a little bit of research on the winery. This way you can focus more on tasting wines.
  • Dress appropriately. You don’t need to dress smart to go on a wine tour. You don’t really want to wear clothes that might get dirty either. The key is to dress casually and comfortably.
  • Eat something before you go. Whether you aren’t used to drinking alcohol or not, drinking on an empty stomach isn’t a good idea. Make sure to have something filling for breakfast.
  • Aren’t sure if you should spit or swallow? The answer is it’s up to you! Spitting out the wine is acceptable, and some people find it helpful in avoiding getting too drunk. But if you’re enjoying the wine, there’s no shame in swallowing.
  • Ask questions. If you’re crazy about wine and love learning about either the types of wine or the production, don’t be afraid to ask questions about these things or anything else you’re curious about.
  • Take your time to taste the wine. Tasting wine is supposed to be enjoyable, so take your time and savour each sip.

Conclusion on Malaga winery tours

There are many reasons to visit a winery during your holiday in Malaga or Costa del Sol. The province is home to some of the finest wines in Spain, and going to a Malaga winery is a great way to learn about the wine-making process. Plus, you’ll get to sample some delicious wines!

If you have any questions about visiting Malaga or anywhere in Costa del Sol, drop me an email or leave your question in the comments.

Safe adventures!

Cristina x

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Frequently asked questions about Malaga wine

What is the most popular wine in Malaga?

The most popular wine is Moscatel wine, a wine made from Muscat grapes. It’s a sweet, aromatic wine with a golden colour which you can find across bars and restaurants in the province of Malaga.

What is Malaga’s Fair wine?

Cartojal wine is the wine that most locals drink in Malaga Feria. It’s a sweet white wine made from the Moscatel de Alejandria grape, a grape native to Malaga which is grown in the Axarquia region.

Top things to do before visiting Malaga

  • Compare and book cheap flights to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport here.
  • Book the best accommodation for you with Booking.com
  • Have a look at this Malaga food guide to indulge yourself in eating the most traditional food in Malaga and Costa del Sol.
  • Rent a car to travel with ease around Costa del Sol.
  • Book travel insurance, this is a must for any trip! SafetyWing offers flexible and affordable insurance and you can purchase it while already travelling. Check out SafetyWing insurance here.

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