Since Roman times, Seville has been known as a producer of wines and liquors, which were exported throughout the empire.
In Seville there are three major winemaking areas, each with very different grapes and wines: the Aljarafe, the Sierra Norte and Guadalquivir-Doñana.
In the Aljarafe, a few kilometres from the capital, varieties such as zalema, garrido fino, palomina and pedro ximénez are grown. They are used to produce fine and generous wines, and some young and fruity white wines. Mosto is also famous, a young, cloudy, fruity wine with a low alcohol content, which you can find in all the towns in the region. Visit Espartinas, Umbrete, Villanueva del Ariscal and La Pañoleta and taste the specialities of the region in their old cellars and taverns.
The Sierra Norte with its wild and mountainous terrain produces tempranillo, cavernet-sauvignon, merlot, syrah and pinot noir grapes, which are used to produce young and aged red and white wines full of personality, aromas and flavour. They pair well with Iberian and game meat, stews and bull's tail.
In the Sierra Norte you will also find liquors and spirits that used to be consumed by the workers in the fields during their hard day's work and that are now exquisite samples of the flavour of our land: cherry and herb liqueur, spirits and anisettes from the distilleries of Cazalla de la Sierra and Constantina. It is quite an experience to drink them with dessert.
Guadalquivir-Doñana, due to its proximity to the well-known Albariza region, near Jerez, is ideal for wine growing. Its most characteristic grapes are muscatel, palomino, pedro ximénez, arién and zalema. It produces mainly fortified wines, in the style of finos and manzanillas, and oloroso and sweet wines, characteristic of this area. They are perfect for our fish and seafood, appetisers and tapas.
But the wine culture is much more than this. Visit the wineries and distilleries, discover the products in the tasting courses, learn about the criaderas and soleras (traditional wine-aging methods), and treat yourself to a wine therapy session. Some of the establishments that offer guided tours of their facilities are Bodegas Colonias de Galeón, Bodegas el Duende, Bodegas González Palacios, Bodegas Loreto, Destilerías de Cazalla and Bodegas Salado.