There are few such pleasures to the palate as slowly sipping a glass of orange wine from Huelva County. A delicious local liquor that has now been denomination of origin for several months. This aromatised liquor is patiently aged in American oak barrels and to compensate its natural sweetness, sun-dried orange peel is later added. Better served with ice, orange wine from Huelva County has a different taste by day or by night, or if we decide to accompany it with chocolate and other sweets, or sweet and sour salads or a cheese board.
Orange wine from Huelva County is the latest sensation from a large area in the south east of this province of Andalusia. This is a protected area of approximately 4,605 hectares which produces nearly 40 million kilos of grapes and up to 32 million litres of must every year. These lands produce special vine varieties such as zalema (the main vine of the area), muscatel from Alexandria, Pedro Ximénez grapes and Palomino fino. For a complete gastronomic experience, nothing better to accompany these wines than the most famous products of the land: strawberries, prawns and cheese.
If you want to enjoy the enormous variety of the county’s liquors, the best thing is to sign up for one of the Wine Routes institutionalised but a few years ago, which allow you to visit the most famous wineries of the area and to discover the places of Columbus, Doñana National Park, the Muralla de Niebla walls and the village of El Rocío. There are four preset wine routes to date.
‘Wine and Doñana’ gives us a route around this impressive natural area and also a visit to the wineries in Condado and Almonte. ‘Wine and Brandy’ runs through the narrow streets and sunny squares of greatest wine tradition in the region, such as La Palma del Condado and Bollullos Par del Condado.
There is also a route that goes exclusively through the village of Condado, where there are 15 of the area’s 29 denomination of origin wineries. If what we want to do is to visit the area in November and December when the new wine is beginning to be drawn from the barrel is to be tried, the best route is the ‘Wine and must’. But probably the best thing of all is to express our preferences and accept advice, and have a route made especially for us.