Manilva is a privileged place because of its scenery, climate and people. Situated on Costa del Sol, this small town has always been dedicated to agriculture and fishing. It combines the simplicity and magical harmony of an Andalusian Mediterranean village.

A long, long time ago...

The wine history of Manilva goes back many centuries. There is a document, dated on January 29 of 1549, where the Casares Town Council requested to the Arcos Duke, lands to cultivate vineyards. An existing map from the first quarter of the XVIII century shows us the situation of the vineyards of Casares, Manilva and Estepona.


At the beginning of the XX century, the existing vineyards in Manilva were dedicated to the production of wine, but the Muscatel grape didnĀ“t have any relevance in the region. From the 1940s (1942), and specially in 1960, 1965, 1968 and 1975, the Manilva vineyards started to be planted with the Alejandria Muscatel variety, radically changing the level of wine production that was reduced until it was almost residual, while the production of fresh grapes and raisins actually increased.

According to the available records, by 1989 the maximum area of cultivated vineyards reached some 490 hectares. Until this date, the economy in Manilva was based mainly on the cultivation of its vineyards.

The dark years of wild urban planning...

In both the construction booms that Spain experienced and with special regard to Manilva between the years of (1988-1991 and 2002-2007), turned a good part of what was rustic vineyards and fields into urban land. Moreover, those that still were outside of that urban development process became land reserves in the waiting for the imminent extension of building boundaries. With all the local work force dedicated to the building industry, much better paid than the hard work of farming, the vineyards were left unattended or passed to farmers from other regions. The lack of organization of the farming union, with bad experiences starting from its creation and ending in the bad management of the cooperatives, helped speed up the fall of the wine industry and the proceeding massive abandonment of the Manilva agricultural exploitations.

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