Admission: 5€. This includes a wine tasting of two wines.

Hours: Winter: Oct. 1 to March 31 - Tuesday to Sunday - 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Summer: April 1 to Sept. 30 - Monday to Saturday - 12.00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Closed Jan. 1 and 6, December 24,25, and 31, and Holy Thursday.

The new Wine Museum of Malaga is located in the Palacio de las Biedmas, an 18th century building that has been completely remodeled in the interior, but maintains its original facade. There is a guided visit every half hour from the museum's opening time, and this is given by multilingual guides, who are very friendly and informative. Every room has tablets in different languages that explain the exhibits in the room.

The ground floor has more than 400 lithographs of posters and labels from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, some of which are really works of art and very beautiful. There are also lithographs that were used on raisin boxes.

The first floor has a presentation about the history of wine in Malaga. The Phoenicians started the wine industry in Malaga about 3000 years ago when they landed in Malaga. After them came the Greeks and the Romans, who maintained the wine industry. Later came the Moors, who also had a wine industry. To circumvent their law of avoiding alcohol, they said the wine was going to be used for medicinal purposes. In the 18th century the wines of Malaga started winning prizes in Europe. The czars of Russia developed a taste for them and allowed their importation to Russia without having to pay taxes.

There is an explanation of how wine is grown in the five regions of Malaga. There are several different grapes that are now used and these are explained. The museum also shows several old wine presses and explains the current process of aging the wines and achieving a uniformity in the wine.

After the guided tour there is a wine tasting of two wines, one a dry wine and the other a sweet wine. There are about 120 different wines that are shown in the wine tasting room and one can buy them there at prices that are below retail.

This museum is an enjoyable place to understand the wines of Malaga and to try them.

Details with map on the web site:

 www.museovinomalaga.com