Nothing quite prepares you for your first look at the modern and minimalist slate structure that is Bodegas Bentomiz. It looks like it has risen up from the very ground surrounding it and inside it is both functional and attractive, with massive windows everywhere letting in lots of natural light. Spectacular views of the mountains and the sparkling Mediterranean are everywhere you look.
After the wonderful day spent out in the vineyards and at the bodega at Dimobe in Moclinejo Victor brought me back to Málaga where I had arranged to meet up with winemaker Clara, co-owner of Bodegas Bentomiz, which she runs with her husband André, who is not only the resident chef, but also the architect who designed the building (and several others nearby). Clara had been in Madrid and was arriving in Málaga by train in the evening, and had very generously offered to take me out to their installation just outside Sayalonga, as well as inviting me to stay the night.
We arrived after dark and Clara brought me to meet my hosts for the night, Stein and Carolina, who live just up the hill from the bodega in their own gorgeous slate-filled home (also designed by Andres) and was shown to my very own apartment. That was unexpected! You can see how beautiful it is, totally integrated with is surroundings. What a treat.
Victor had joked about me being whisked away to a remote place to stay with people I didn’t know, and warned against the usual psycho killers that tend to reside in such places. Luckily Stein was nothing of the sort…
In fact, after I settled into the apartment I met Stein and Carolina for a drink at snacks at their lovely home next door to mine, where I also got to enjoy some of the Bentomiz wines. By 10 pm I was pretty knackered though, so I made my way home, got comfy in my VERY comfy bed and in the morning woke up to lovely birdsong.
After breakfast I made my way down the short slope to the bodega and was met by Clara for a short private tour before joining their right hand Rose for a guided small group tour.
Then it was time for lunch. I had been invited to try the 3 course lunch (a 5 course menu is also available) paired with Bentomiz wines. Given that André is an architect and designer, he is also one helluva chef. Everything is locally sourced and there’s no printed menu because it changes daily. Lunches are available every day, but best to book ahead. Bentomiz also hosts music evenings with wine and snacks. Check their website for details.
Lunch: gravlax amuse / avocado tartare with jurel, caviar, ajoblanco / Ibérico pork cheek, spiced sweet potatio purée, cream of boletus / brownie with grated walnut, fresh fruit, melon with condensed yoghurt, coconut whipped cream.
Just about an hour’s drive from Málaga city, this is truly a magical place and a unique experience, and Clara & Andres are perfect hosts.
Address: Finca El Almendro Pago Cuesta Robano 29752 Sayalonga
Tel: +34 658 845 286