The Countess of Guadalevin
Huerto de la Condesa is located within the old estate Heredad de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, which owes its construction to the Countess of Guadalevín, Doña Carmen Ábela García (1849-1924), an important figure of the bourgeoisie of the city of Ronda.
The title of Countess of Guadalevín was granted by King Alfonso XII, for life, in 1917 to Dª Carmen Ábela García in recognition of her contributions to the city of Ronda and the State, highlighting the construction of the Concepción barracks and the restoration of the old church of Socorro.
He commissioned the execution of the gardens of the Casa del Rey Moro and the Heredad de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores to Nicolás Forestier, famous French gardener and author of the Parque María Luisa in Seville or the gardens of the Palacio de Liria in Madrid.
We have called one of our wines El Chacachá because of the onomatopoeia of the old steam railways. Our vineyards border the Ronda-Algeciras railway, which is one of the most beautiful railway lines in Spain, crossing unique landscapes such as the Las Buitreras gorge.
The collective sentiment of the people of Ronda was the first project to bring the railway to Ronda. The railway was developed mainly by English financiers with the intervention of the French engineer Carlos Lamiable. The development of the Ronda-Algeciras railway started tourist activity in the region, and the Reina Cristina hotels in Algeciras and Reina Victoria in Ronda were built under its protection, both very similar with English architecture.
During the 19th century, the romantic image of the city was forged, as well as of its Serranía, in which the world of banditry, the muleteers of the Serranía and its cultural richness caused a deep impression on English travelers who, at first in chivalry , and later with the railway, landed in Gibraltar and traveled through Andalusia starting from the Serranía de Ronda. These aspects have since become symbols of our culture and tradition. Dazzling peculiarities that make it one of the most picturesque regions of Spain.
“Today it has become one of the most visited cities in Andalusia, with new attractions such as the Ascari circuit, or the new mill, designed by Phillip Starck, as well as a large number of wineries and gastronomy accredited in the best guides”