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Wines of Spain - The Malaga Wine Museum

 

The Spirit of Andalucia

As the southern most region of Spain, Andalucia has cultivated throughout its history distinct flavours, characters and culture. This is the homeland of Picasso, Flamenco and vintage Malaga wines. No visit to the region would be complete without a morning stroll on the beach, lunch at a churinguito and an afternoon of wine tasting.

   
Close to Marbella, is the small whitewashed, hillside village of Ojen. Quintessentially Andalucian, it is the birthplace of one of Spain’s most famous drinks and home to the Museo Vino de Malaga (The Wine Museum of Malaga).

In 1997, this forgotten distillery was refurbished to its former glory and opened to the public. It stands as a proud tribute to a rich heritage and a visible reminder of the Andalucian Tourist Board’s continuing effort to showcase its literally palatable culture to the region’s many visitors.


Attracting more than 20,000 tourists per year, the Museo offers the definitive guide to the region’s diverse brewing history. It was an obvious choice to select Ojen’s derelict distillery to exhibit that diversity.

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The distillery was founded by Pedro Morales in 1830. It was Andalucia's first distillery and one of the first in the country. The Morales name would later become synonymous with Spain’s most enduring beverage. He was determined to create a distinctive brand of alcohol with a unique flavour and he achieved just that when he unveiled his Pedro Morales Aguardiente de Ojen.

Aguardiente literally translated means fire-water, and in English would be classified as a spirit. Morales’ aguardiente was a type of potent schnapps, more than 40 percent proof and flavoured with anis. It was distilled from Malaga’s moscatel grape to create either dry or sweet schnapps.

The drink was so loved and so entwined in the Spanish way of life, that it became common to go to a bar and simply ask for “una copita de Ojen” (“a glass of Ojen”), securing this tiny town’s name, a place in the history books. By the height of its glory, Aguardiente de Ojen was exported to London and Paris as well as the Philippines and Havana. Its notorious coffin shaped bottle was so revered, that even Picasso chose to immortalise it on canvas.

For three generations, the Morales family reigned Spain’s brewing industry. Many tried to copy the enigmatic potion, but none succeeded. However, by 1920 the absence of a male heir to carry on the family tradition sealed the distillery’s fate. The family, the distillery and the infamous drink all faded into a fable. The drink’s exact formula remains a mystery to this day. The building recaptured some of its former notoriety, when in 1931 until 1937 it was the seat of assembly for the town’s Miners Union during the difficult times leading up to the Spanish Civil War. It went through various reincarnations as a cinema, coffee shop, theatre and a discotheque until 1997 when it was given a new lease of life by the tourist board.

Now the walls of the Museo Vino de Malaga display more than 200 bottled wine varieties from fourteen of Malaga’s wineries. Also on offer are sherry, whiskey and brandy. Just as each Malaga town has its own culture and cuisine, they also have their traditional way of distilling the moscatel grape, to produce distinct flavours and attributes. Sherry is a particular speciality of the region and there are many different brands to choose from.

On entering the Museo, the first thing you notice is the abundance. Bottles of many varieties, origins and potency are neatly crammed onto solid wooden shelves. Labels, postcards and posters in glass casing, announce historic dates and decorate the walls above the bottles. A large foreboding oak table takes centre stage in the room and displays an array of decanters from numerous countries including France, Italy, Germany and Israel. The Museo also offers a large selection of handcrafted giftware from all quarters of Andalucia including wine sets, rugs, ceramics and preserves.

However, possibly the greatest attraction that the Museo can offer is an afternoon of wine tasting. For the humble price of €2,50 you can indulge your palate with Andalucia’s finest wines, from Malaga, Jerez, Vuelva and Cadiz. The choice of dry wines includes trajinero, fino and verdiales, the sweet offers lagrima, natural and cream while the moscatels are sublime, dorado and plata. The character and flavours that defines each of these varieties is well worth any afternoon, to find out.

Which brings us to the last great attraction of the Museo. As well as the great location in a beautiful hillside Andalucian village, the historic journey of the building and its lasting tradition, the crowning glory of the whole experience is the staff at the Museo. Informative, enthusiastic and multi-lingual, they ensure that every visitor to this Andalucian treasure trove fully appreciates the true spirit of Andalucia.


Museo del Vino Malaga, Antigua Destileria de Ojen, C/Carrera, 39, 29610 Ojen.
For more information and opening times, tel: 0034 952 881 453.

Article written by Natasha Smith. For further information email: xsbabble@marbella.com

 
   
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