Fiesta de Viñeros (Wine Festival). September. Unique Festival
This festival has been declared to be of Tourist Interest by the Provincial Council of Málaga.
Please check with the local Town Hall or Municipal Tourism Office for the festival date before planning any sightseeing activities.
Known as the Puerta de la Ruta de la Pasa ("Gateway to the Raisin Route"), Moclinejo is an Axarquía village sitting between the Loma de Piedras Blancas and the valley of the Benagalbón river. Its hilly landscape is mainly covered with olive and almond trees, as well as vineyards.
The town centre is of Arabic origin and comprises one and two-storey houses. Its narrow streets maintain the winding, maze-like layout from its roots while adapting to the uneven terrain.
Plaza de España constitutes the beating heart of Moclinejo, containing the Town Hall, the back of the church and the town's main buildings. On the outskirts, visitors can find other interesting attractions, such as the Hoya de los Muertos and the Cuesta de la Matanza—where the troops of the governor of Antequera were defeated in their attempt to conquer these lands.
Grape-growing has been the foundation of the local economy for centuries, along with the almost artisanal production of olive oil.
September is known to be the month for vines and vineyards. This is when the Axarquía region produces fruit and Moclinejo celebrates the traditional Wine Festival. The event pays tribute to the village's roots and to everyone involved in the vine cultivation and muscat wine elaboration.
On the first Sunday in September, there is a tour through the adorned streets of the municipality. Several live recreations can be found throughout the visit showing vineyard tasks such as grape treading, sifting and raisin picking.
During the festival, visitors can enjoy some Pandas de verdiales performing popular music, and taste local food like gazpacho, roscos and muscatel wine.
Don’t miss the Museum of the Muscatel Wine. It will take you back in time through the tools that farmers used in grape farming and wine making in past centuries