Payoya Negra

Payoya Negra


Payoya Negra is a red wine from the D.O. Sierra de Málaga prepared by Finca La Melonera.

The winery is located in the Serranía de Ronda, a region in the heart of the province of Malaga with a winemaking tradition that dates back 3000 years, to the Phoenicians.

The objective of Finca La Melonera is to recover this wine tradition and with it the varieties of the region that are on the brink of extinction.

Payoya Negra is made with grapes of the Syrah variety (60%), the indigenous variety Tintilla de rota (20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). The grapes come from their own vineyards located between 600 and 900 meters above sea level.


Payoya Negra is a wine with a tremendous personality or, to be more exact, with several. Its complexity is surprising and it has the soul to be a great wine. The Finca La Melonera project aims to recover almost extinct native varieties and that wild character, the feeling of something authentic, virgin, is clearly perceived in the wine. It is a wine to be enjoyed without haste, to discover unknown aromas and flavors; very interesting.

Behind the recovery project is, how could it be otherwise, the tireless Josep Lluís Pérez, soul of Mas Martinet (Priorat) and advisor to so many other initiatives; and wine management is in the hands of the Grupo Perelada oenology team, with Ana de Castro at the foot of the vineyard and the winery, advised by Delfí Sanahuja, the oenologist from Castillo de Perelada (Empordà). Impeccable credentials, a place of great beauty and a precious opportunity to continue discovering the unknown Andalusian reds.

In the glass it has a dark, lively and bright cherry color. It is a mixture of Grenache (40%) and Syrah (30%), to which is added tintilla de rota (25%) and another variety whose name cannot yet be published due to those things of the legislation and the bureaucracy, it is not yet officially admitted.

On the nose, it begs for time, but its elegance and aromatic richness does not take long to manifest either: it smells of Mediterranean wine, it is fresh and warm at the same time, and in it we find ripe fruit, spicy notes, sweet notes and creamy aromas, milky tips. like yogurt that seem to be contributed by that hidden variety, earthy notes, and an elegant balsamic freshness when shaken. Landscape and nature in the glass, and some curious notes that we find difficult to define but that take us to a meadow with cattle, some subtle notes of leather, those lactic notes ... Truly, the contribution of these unknown varieties give the wine a great wealth.

In the mouth you can appreciate the character of the Garnacha, with its freshness and honesty, its direct palate, but also the juiciness of the Syrah, enriched by that feral background. It is a powerful, juicy wine, with a certain well-balanced sweetness, polished tannins and a soft liquorice finish that gives it persistence.

You can tell this while serving: The black payoya that gives this wine its name and illustrates its label is a native Andalusian goat with whose milk the Payoya goat cheese is made in the Sierra de Cadiz and the Serranía de Ronda.

Tipo de Vino
Vinos de Autor
Denominación de Origen
DO Sierra de Málaga
Pairing - Moments
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Pairing - People
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Pairing - Music
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