As I mentioned in Friday’s post, the twelve participants in the current edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy have set off on a two-week trip to learn about some of Spain’s most wonderful gastronomic products, producers, regions and cuisines. So in honor of this trip, I thought I would spend the next couple of weeks highlighting a handful of the places and companies that they are visiting along the way on this blog.
After leaving Madrid last night and making their way to Cordoba (Andalusia), the group’s first visit outside of the Spanish capital on this trip will be to Bodegas Robles, this morning. Located in the town of Montilla, in the heart of the wine producing region of Montilla Moriles (in the province of Cordoba), Bodegas Robles is a family-run winery that was founded in 1927. It is dedicated to the production of a range of quality fortified wines (such as Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Cream and Pedro Ximenez), wines and vinegars – including a huge selection of certified organic wines and fortified wines, among which were the first organic wines in Andalusia to be submitted to a Designation of Origin.
Founded in the 13th century, the town of Montilla is surrounded by picturesque vineyards and contains a wealth of historic art and monuments, making both this place and Bodegas Robles a fantastic place to visit.