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Axarquía winery celebrates sales growth and successful harvest

Jorge Ordoñéz’s popular Botanis sparkling moscatel wine.
Jorge Ordoñéz’s popular Botanis sparkling moscatel wine. / SUR
  • The organically grown grapes are collected manually from the hills around Almáchar, some of which have a 70 per cent gradient

The Jorge Ordóñez winery, based near Almáchar in the Axarquía, has completed this year’s grape harvest with a total of 350,000 kilos of grapes collected, making 200,000 litres of wine.

The production of the increasingly popular sparkling Botani moscatel (Botani Espumoso and Botani Muscat) wine has increased and to celebrate its fourth anniversary the bodega has given the bottle shape and design a new look while retaining its iconic biznaga flower on the label.

What makes the grape harvest of this Axarquía bodega different is that all of the fruit is collected manually from the hills around Almáchar, some of which have up to a 70 per cent gradient and mules are used to transport the grapes, all of which are grown organically to the grape press.

Sparkling Botani (Botani espumoso) is made with a variety of grape called Moscatel de Alejandría from the vineyards of the Lagares Valley in Almáchar, which were planted between 1940 and 1960. The area has a maximum temperature of 30 degrees in summer and a minimum of eight in winter and gets very little water - an average of 400 millimetres per year.

The sparkling moscatel wines from the Jorge Ordóñez bodega were the first of their type produced in Malaga province and consumption continues to grow. The bodega says that it expects to see a continued growth in the sector of sparkling moscatel wines in the future, which they describe as "vibrant, light in colour, floral with aromas of fresh tropical fruits".