Green light given to Axarquía Muscatel- grape visitor centre

  • The centre will be situated in the abandoned San Pitar complex in Valle Niza

The town hall in Vélez-Málaga gave the green light on Monday to a project to open an Axarquía Muscatel-grape visitor centre in the abandoned San Pitar historical complex in Valle Niza.

The organisation has set the wheels in motion to seek financing from Spain's agriculture and culture ministries as well as the Junta de Andalucía regional government and the Diputación provincial authority.

The aim is to restore the San Pitar area, which is made up of three important historical buildings, including an old quarry from where stone was taken to build Malaga's cathedral, dating from 1727, a church which dates from 1739 and a farm which dates from 1844. A town hall spokesperson said it was important to "maximise the potential of such an important native crop".