The Vineyards

The winery in Axarquía is situated on partially decomposed slate intermingled with limestone clay. The result is a poor soil where bedrock frequently comes to the surface, making the tasks involved in vine cultivation, which are already difficult due to the rugged terrain, even more arduous. The slopes range from 20-50% and greater, with an absolute height difference of 400 m. This is the most significant topographic feature and one of the strongest conditioning factors in agriculture. Mechanization of the cultivation would be extremely difficult and is currently nonexistent.

The principal variety of grape in Axarquía is the Muscat Alejandría, a large, very aromatic grape that has always been identified with these lands. It produces wines that are rich in sugar content, with the unmistakable aroma of honey, orange blossoms, and of fresh, sweet grapes.

Pruning of the vines follows the vaso system and vine cultivation is through dry farming, following the age-old practices still in use in this region of Málaga.

The climate of the area is dry and sunny, but mellowed by the influence of the Mediterranean Sea. The average temperature is around 16º, dropping at night, and rainfall is scarce at approximately 560 l/m². This climate, together with the characteristics of the region’s soil, and the age of the vineyards produces extraordinarily low yields.

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