Andalusia has an ancient tradition in the cultivation of the vine and in the production of wines of great prestige and fame throughout the world. Some of the oldest vineyards in Spain are located on the Andalusian coast.
The topography, geology and climate of Andalusian floor are excellent for the cultivation of vines. The Mediterranean climate and the different microclimates, the mild average temperatures (16ºC), the scarcity of frost and hail, the many hours of sunshine per year, a strong contrast in altitude and the ageing system, create wines of great quality, as well as being very varied and characteristic.
This trend towards prestige production has been perpetuated to the present day. Over 70% of Andalusian vineyards are protected by one of the six Denominations of Origin established and sponsored by their respective Regulating Councils: Condado de Huelva (1933), Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (1933), Manzanilla de Sanlúcar (1964), Málaga (1933), Sierras de Málaga (2001) and Montilla-Moriles (1985).
Around all these wines a whole Culture of Wine has been configured, which includes wineries, specialized museums, traditional festivals…