In the 18th century, Malaga was famous for its wines and liqueurs, exported throughout the world and mainly to England. These wines were produced with moscatel and Pedro Ximenez grapes from cultivated vineyards, and mainly from the mountains of Málaga (today, a nature reserve) and made in people´s houses, called ”lagares” or wine presses.
In 1878, with the arrival of the grape phylloxera (a vine disease) from France, the vines were destroyed and as a result, the inhabitants of the mountains of Málaga were forced to leave their wine presses in search of a new way of life.
Therefore, the wine presses were left in ruins or transformed and very few of them have survived until the present day.
El Lagar los Pilones is a classic example of this ancient way of life, and it has been preserved given that it has been passed down through generations, for three centuries. It was renovated in 2003, maintaining its original structure and winemaking features, such as the press that crushed the grapes, large clay pots buried into the ground for the wine to ferment...
But we have also added other modern day comforts: ensuite bathrooms in all the rooms, heating, swimming pool ...
El Lagar los Pilones is situated 25 km from Málaga, on the edge of the Montes de Málaga nature reserve, on agricultural land, with a large flock of goats and several horses that graze on the lands surrounding the wine press.
To reach the wine press, follow a lane for approximately 2 km (on the private piece of land) that goes through a beautiful untouched Mediterranean forest. You walk between hundred-year old olive trees, enormous Holm oaks, rockroses, lavender... It is here, in this forest, where you will find the prehistoric paintings of Peñas Cabrera, open and sheltered caves which are believed to have been inhabited around 6000 years ago, and which contain paintings of a rich symbolic value. As we climb along this country lane, we find the wine press perched on a small hill, offering 360º panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges (Torcal de Antequera, Sierra del Có, Sierra Nevada...).
It is made up of two houses ; one of them, La Casa Grande, which is the one that has been converted into a small museum and preserves the tools used in the wine production, part of a large lounge.
La Casa Grande has 200 m2 (sleeps 6 people) and includes:
- Ground floor:
- A large 48 square metre lounge with a fireplace, preserving features from the ancient wine press.
- A fully equipped kitchen: fridge, microwave, dishwasher, oven, kettle, food mixer, fruit juicer, coffee machine ...
- A bedroom (10m2): a 150 cm bed.
- A complete bathroom (6 m2): tub, toilet, wash basin.
- First floor:
- A bedroom (17 m2) with a 180 cm bed and fireplace and complete ensuite bathroom (7 m2).
- Another bedroom (21 m2) with twin 90 cm beds, fireplace and complete bathroom (7 m2).
La Casa Chica has 110 m2 (sleeps 4 people) and includes:
- Ground floor:
- A large lounge-dining room with a fireplace and kitchen area (32 m2).
- A bedroom (13m2) with twin 90 cm beds and a complete bathroom (6 m2).
- First floor:
- A bedroom (22 m2) with a 150 cm bed, fireplace and complete bathroom (7 m2).
All the rooms are spacious, perfectly decorated and with top-quality bedlinen.
Both houses have central heating, barbecue, porch with garden furniture... A shared swimming pool (8x5m).
The carefully looked after interior decoration and the unbeatable views make this the ideal place for those in search of something different. Given its geographical location, it is the perfect point of departure to discover Andalusia.