Our driver will collect you from your hotel or cruise ship where you will begin your approximately hour and a half journey to Finca La Melonera Winery. The drive will take you through some beautiful andalusian countryside.
The Ronda area has been known for its wines since Roman times and the tradition of winemaking continues. There are over 28 wineries in this area. Finca La Melonera is one of Rondas most fascinating wineries. This is an organic winery that revived the indigineous grapes that were wiped out by phylloexera plague in the late 19th century.
The winery is a contemporary building overlooking the beautiful countryside and the vineyards. The 2 hour tour of the Winery will begin with a walk through the vineyards where your guide will explain the task of recuperating the lost grape varieties and difference of growing conditions on the estate according to different altitudes and soil conditions.
Visitors will be given a tasting of white wines under a beautiful oak tree in the vineyard. From there the tour will continue and you will be taken to the barrel room where the wine making process will be explained. Finally your tour of the winery will end with a wine tasting accompanied by a selection of tapas.
The next part of the tour takes you to the city of Ronda where you will have approximately an hour to tour the city on your own. Ronda is one of the most beautiful and historic towns in Andalusia. Ronda is a mountain top city nestled on the dramatic El tajo Gorge, which separates the old and new parts of the city. Ronda is one of Spains oldest towns dating back to Islamic times when it was an important cultural city. Hemingway described Ronda as the most romantic town in Spain. Cross the impressive Puente Nuevo bridge, Rondas most famous landmark, which straddles the deep Gorge and connects the Moorish part of Ronda with the modern part of the city.
Ronda is home of modern bullfighting so a visit to its famous bullring cannot be missed. The El Maestranza bullring is one of the oldest and most impressive in Spain. There is a museum and guided audio tour of the bullring.
After visiting Ronda, we will drive back to your hotel or cruise ship.