The fame of Málaga’s wine is reflected in such famous sagas as The Three Musketeers and in the last third of the 18th and early 19th centuries it was the usual drink among the first presidents of the United States: the so-called Founding Fathers.
The Three Musketeers, the unforgettable creation of the French Alexandre Dumas, was so successful that its author decided to write two more parts to please the public: Twenty years later and The Viscount of Bragelonne.
Precisely in this third and final part, The Viscount of Bragelonne , which contains the well-known episode of the man in the iron mask, one of the chapters bears the name of Malaga, the oath that Planchet, D’Artagnan’s assistant, employs to give encouragement and strength and that makes reference to the raisins of Malaga.
In fact, the international fame of wine began to be forged in that last third of the eighteenth century, when the port, which since 1529 was authorized to trade with the Spanish Antilles, could also trade with Buenos Aires, South America and with authorized ports of Chile and Peru.
Then came to the city foreign houses that were dedicated to distributing the wine of Malaga to half of the world. The Empress Catherine the Great knew of the sweet wine of the distant Andalusian land and commerce with America also made it known in the 13 English colonies that became independent in 1776.
That same year, the famous inventor Benjamin Franklin, who served the cause of the American rebels, stayed in Paris and among his documents was found a letter that mentioned “the supply of 100 bottles of Malaga wine for the dignitary”.