Andalusia - or al-Andalus, as the region was called at the time of the Moors - is the southernmost of the autonomous communities on the Spanish mainland and the second largest wine region. The region is particularly famous for its sherry, which is exported worldwide.
3000 years of wine history in Andalusia
Already in the 11th century B.C. the Phoenicians around Cádiz ensured a heyday of wine production in Andalusia. This tradition was first continued by the Carthaginians and later by the Romans. In the time of the Moorish occupation, the wine-growing in Andalusia would have almost been over. Due to the prohibition of alcohol in Islam, the vines were supposed to be destroyed, but the local people prevented this by mainly producing raisins and other products from the grapes.