Welcome to Montilla
The rolling countryside south of Córdoba is home to the sweet wines of the Montilla-Moriles Denominación de Origen (DO), which you'll find in bars and restaurants throughout Córdoba province. Endlessly compared to sherry, to the irritation of local vintners, the highly drinkable Montilla-Moriles wines are produced exclusively from the Pedro Ximénez grape. While Jerez wine (sherry) is fortified by the addition of extra alcohol, Montilla wine achieves its own high levels of alcohol (15%-plus) and sweetness from the intense summer temperatures.
To get closer to the winemaking process, head to the town of Montilla. The wineries in the area are far less visited than the sherry bodegas of Jerez, but their wines are just as alluring.