Málaga is sweet, dessert wine from Andalusia
from the village of the same name. It is mainly produced from the Moscatel and Pedro Ximenez grape varieties. The main place of production of this drink is Sierra de Almijara - although production there and in others regions has fallen by almost half in recent years, Malaga is still eagerly used in cooking, as well as served as an aperitif.
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Málaga in its original form began to be produced already in the times of the Roman Empire
This is evidenced by the original fermentation tank found near the Andalusian port, which dates back to the early Roman rule in the Iberian Peninsula. After the Moorish rule in the Middle Ages, wine production was discontinued - the Muslim religion forbade the consumption of any alcohol, and those caught drunk were often sentenced even to death. Over time, heavy penalties began to be replaced by fines, and later also taxes - thus secret, knowledge passed down from generation to generation, how to make house wine survived in Andalusia until the time, when the Spaniards came back to power. During their reign, St. 1502 year, Catholic rulers enacted a royal decree, in which they appointed the Winemakers' Guild, having special permits and privileges for both production, as well as the distribution of wine. Almost two hundred years later, the wine from Málaga found its way to the court of Catherine II, Russian Tsarina, who admired its sweet taste and was exempt from customs duties, and taxes on all liquors imported by the Spanish Guild, which influenced the popularization of this wine also in other parts of the world.
It is worth emphasizing, that this organization exists to this day and thanks to its efforts the Denominación de Origen was created in Andalusia: „Málaga” oraz „Sierras de Málaga”, which are cultivation areas protected by law, making, that the wine of Málaga retains its original flavor and cannons, unchanged for hundreds of years.