LA Experience - An Homage to the Humble Olive

Just outside Ronda a hugely ambitious project is taking shape, due to open later in 2018, LA Experience is set to become one of Ronda’s greatest alternative attractions. To all those with a love of organic food production, horticulture or the avant-garde…watch this space…

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Unearthing the Organic and Biodynamic at F. Schatz

When wine production in the Serranía de Ronda had ceased entirely and the land had given way to the much needed production of cereals, pioneer Federico Schatz thought it was time to rekindle this ancient tradition and bring the vine back to the Serranía.

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Discovering Sherry in Jerez

Where better to sample some of the world’s finest sherries than in the sherry capital itself – Jerez de la Frontera? There was only one problem – I don’t like sherry. We wanted to avoid the sherry giants like Domeq, Gonzalez Byass and the like and head instead to an authentic, boutique, bodega that produces extremely high quality, aged sherries in limited numbers. We chose Bodegas Tradición.  

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Samsara Wine Experience

Samsara offers the wine novice or aficionado something a little different. If you are looking for a wine tasting in a phenomenal location, with interesting wines and an approach that shows the deepest respect to Mother Nature then you have come to the right place.  

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Ronda - A Foodie's Paradise

A thriving food scene on Málaga’s coast has crept inland to work its magic on the city of Ronda, transforming the local scene and providing the city with some exceptional dining experiences. The quality of the local produce is superb and if you are in the know you can dine like royalty. Foodies, epicureans, gourmets and gourmands alike will revel in the delights on offer from fine dining to artisanal specialities. Andalucian cuisine in and around Ronda now rivals that of its northern counterparts and it just keeps getting better.  

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Wine tasting in the Serranía de Ronda - Descalzos Viejos & La Melonera - Part II

In the previous post, ‘Wine tasting in the Serranía de Ronda - Descalzos Viejos & La Melonera – Part I’, the focus was on Descalzos Viejos, a small scale producer located on the very edge of Ronda’s gorge with a very artistic philosophy. This time we will be exploring a completely different, much larger producer in a fabulous, sprawling setting only a short distance from our villa.

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Wine tasting in the Serranía de Ronda - Descalzos Viejos & La Melonera - Part I

Enotourism in the Serranía de Ronda has really taken off in the past few years and for good reason: Wine tastings here are slow paced, intimate and memorable. Whilst this appellation may not compare to the best Priorat, Ribera del Duero and Rioja might have to offer, there are some really interesting, complex and delicious wines on offer and the hospitality of your host will be hard to beat - these are some of the loveliest people you will ever have the joy of meeting.

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Vineyards of the Serranía de Ronda

The past decade has witnessed a huge growth in the number of wines produced in the Serranía de Ronda and the recognition they receive increases year on year. There are 21 bodegas in the appellation known as Serranía de Ronda, a sub zone of the Denominacion de Serranía de Malaga. As one might expect from Spanish wines, wines of the Serranía de Ronda tend to be fruity, spicy and full of attitude and the family run bodegas reflect the intimacy and passion of the winemaker's art.

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Going loco over De Locos Tapas

Ronda’s Barrio San Francisco has its own special flavour, perhaps because it is on the edge of town surrounded by open countryside, it has an intimate, village feel and is incredibly laid back, even by Andalucian standards. This is where you will find two of the best restaurants in town opposite crumbling buildings that leave gaps between the whitewashed houses. It is here, on the site of the former cemetery, or Al-Maqabir, in a beautiful square - Ruedo Alameda - shaded by magnificent Plane trees, that the locals like to gather, enjoying a drink at one of the bars, watching their children and grandchildren at the lovely playground and taking the time to just sit and watch the world go by. The barrio escapes any of the unwanted trappings of a city so accommodating to tourists and instead epitomises the Rondeños’ manner of doing things – informally but with passion and with flair.

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