Canary Islands Wines
Wine was introduced in the Canary Islands at some time between the XIV and XV centuries by the conquerors or settlers who brought the best available stocks, with the desire to produce their own wines as soon as possible.
They are the first liqueur wines of the world that were main items of an important maritime trade and the main source of wealth for the Archipelago for almost three hundred years. Our wines have always improved thanks to travelling.
It has been, and still is, one of the favorite wines for kings: Alexander I, Tsar of Russia; Francis I of France; and even the Spanish king Carlos III, who, according to the chronicles, was said to daily drink up to three small glasses of wine brought from the Canaries. Currently, the Kings of Spain, Charles of England or Barack Obama toast with it.
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History of Canary Islands Wines
T hanks to our geographical location, the stocks in the Canary Islands were spared from the terrible epidemics that decimated the European vineyards, especially the phylloxera. This has allowed us to preserve ancient grapes, which in Europe can only be tasted in the Canary Islands.
Distributed in eleven Protected Designations of Origin (P.D.O.), we currently have exclusive grape varieties around the world that, in some cases, are 500 years old.
Some of our white varieties are Listán Blanco, Malvasía, Gual, Albillo Criollo, Vijariego, Moscatel, Marmajuelo and Verdello. Red wine comes mainly from the grapes of Listán Negro, Baboso Negro, Negramoll and Tintilla.
Canary Islands settlers were the ones who took to America branches of the Islands and their cultivation method.
O ur wine is made from grapes from ancient and ungrafted vines. They are not vines grafted onto American feet to withstand phylloxera, but from native plants that were not affected by this disease that devastated European vineyards in the 19th century. It is a wine with a unique and different taste.
P lanted on volcanic soils, with a great variety of microclimates and the humidity brought by the trade winds, there are many geographical peculiarities that make the wines of the Canary Islands so different.
You will be surprised by its unique chromatic and aromatic variety and its extraordinary minerality. Our wines have been awarded numerous times by the most demanding national and international juries. It is a most unique experience.