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“Pasero” detail, Competa, Malaga, September 2007

 

Málaga

Málaga is arguably the most important name in our country’s viticultural history as, at one point, it was the most important vineyard area in Andalusia. Located between the snowy mountains of Granada and the Mediterranean, these verdant, slate-covered slopes produce one of the purest Muscats in the world. This variety originated in north Africa, although the eastern Mediterranean also claims paternity. It is a “vid antica”, or ancient vine, and is one of the few, if not the last, which has never been genetically modified. It has an ancient and pronouncedly Mediterranean culture. Of all the classic regions, it was mostly grown in Greece, Italy, Cyprus and France, although Malaga was undoubtedly the most important of all.
  The history and endangered status of this southern Spanish treasure wine are what drove Telmo and Pablo to launch their Malaga project. The idea of recreating this “mountain wine” arose after they had studied it. The famous and precious “mountain” was not a winery or wine maker wine. It was a terroir wine: a hot slate Muscat made from sun-kissed raisins that is something of an oenological challenge. This is the way they understood it, stepping back to let the mountain vineyard speak for itself.

 

“Paseros” from the winery and vineyards of Competa, September 2007

 

Laying out grapes on the “paseros”, September 2007