We, Marjolijn Brouwer and René Mooijman, set ourselves in 2005 the challenge of coming to Spain and start growing vines on a land with olive and almond trees. The idea grew in early 2001 and after a search in various countries, we found a suitable site in sunny Southern Spain. There were significant preparatory work to do, such as soil analysis, making terraces, supplier selection of the vines, etc.


We do all the work together. All our products are produced naturally, without chemical pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Furthermore, in our exploitation we take full account of everything that grows and flourishes in and around our land, so stimulating a natural and varied environment.


Historical records indicate that on the Iberian Peninsula by the Phoenicians or the Greeks, the vine was introduced, but it were the Romans who developed the viticulture further. Wine and raisins were brought to the coastal ports such as Málaga using the Roman road network. They were loaded onto ships and taken to Rome and other parts of the Empire.

In subsequent periods, including during the Islamic domination, despite the religious prohibitions, they remained produce wine. During the sixteenth century, at the time of the Moors, there came more and more vineyards on the outskirts of Monda, where production was exported through the ports of Málaga and Marbella to countries in Northern Europe. Then by the arrival of the Christian settlers, where wine consumption was associated with Western culinary culture, occurred in the mid-nineteenth century in the province of Málaga a strong growth in the number of vineyards.

Old terraces of vines

At the end of the nineteenth century the viticulture heavily damaged by a succession of events. Very severe mildew, grasshoppers and lice had a devastating effect on the vineyards. The arrival of Phylloxera in Malaga from the United States then gave the final blow to the vines. The plant was completely razed to the ground and in just a few years the plant has completely disappeared from many parts of the province.
The plague was a major economic catastrophe, and although they tried to recover the viticulture in Malaga, attempts have not really led to success. The remains of the stone terraces on the agricultural landscapes were a silent witness to that period but many have been planted with olives and almonds over the years.

Old terraces of vines with olives

Today Viña & Bodega REMSAMEN begins a new era in the history of the wine plant in these areas to restore the culture and to continue the tradition of 2000 years.


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