I'll be on vacation in Tenerife (Canary Islands, technically part of Spain) and have read that there's an impressive 70 wineries on this small island. I've also read that it is difficult to find the wines outside of the island. Has anyone tried wines from here before or have any recommendations for wineries to visit? Thanks in advance!
In case you've not yet read it, Kelli White wrote a great piece about the Canaries last year and mentions a number of wineries. I've seen the Frontón de Oro and Envínate wines in multiple markets and would recommend both!
I visited the island earlier this year and it’s an amazing place.
Visited Suertes del Marquis which is probably one of the best visits I ever did (I’ve done many!). Apart of them is Envínate the other star. Producing wines in several Spanish region including Tenerife.
Have a great trip
Wow, this is incredible and exactly the kind of information I was looking for. Thank you!
Tajinaste and Vinatigo were both pretty cool and solid wines. Bodegas Monje is a unique winery that was a fun visit and has a nice deck area with a beautiful view. All are relatively close. I would make a point of going to Mt Teide while your there...worth the drive!
I tired Artefice wines and they are very nice some local varieties and some are synonyms for Spanish varieties. Nice wine
Some of my favorites from the Canaries -
Suertes del Marques
Matias i Torres
New producer coming to the states is Pablo Matallana - I haven't had the wines but I have been begging for them forever.
Reach out to the importers - they will be the best route to get in touch with the wineries.
Jose Pastor Selections and European Cellars are the ones from the wineries listed above.
Suertes del Marques will be a great host. If Roberto Santana from Envínate is around, he's great and the wines are challenging discussion starters. And I second Micah Winecoff's Mt. Teide recommendation. Going to the top of the mountain is an amazing trek!!
I am so glad you are going to visit my island :) The wineries already recommended here are great and Kelli White's article is very illustrative.
I would just add that, if you want, we could receive you in my family winery. It is called Bodegas El Penitente, Arautava is the most famous wine, almost everything is sold locally. We make two wines from our vineyard, Finca La Habanera: an Albillo Criollo from three small plots at a 700 meters high elevation, and a "cordón trenzado" listán negro around 600 meters high altitude. You could also taste the very limited 2002 sweet Listán Blanco, Best wine of Spain 2016 for the Spanish Association of Wine Tasters (Bacchus Prices in Madrid) and some varietals from La Orotava. My father, Américo García Núñez, could show you the "cordones trenzados" personally, he is the founder of the winery (1998), was the president of the cooperative of the village decades ago, is co-founder of the DO Valle de La Orotava and has been president of the Canary Islands "Cofradía del Vino". www.bodegaselpenitente.com if you want to know more.
If you want to visit the winery, just let me know.
I also recommend you two wine bars in order to taste lots of canary wines: La Cava de Aguere (great food too), in the city of La Laguna; and El Gusto por el Vino, you have one in La Laguna and another in Santa Cruz, the capital of the island. Agustín Farrais also owns a very nice wineshop in La Orotava, called Enófilos. If you want to eat in an amazing restaurant, with the best wine list in Tenerife according to the Canary Islands DOP, visit Haydé, in La Orotava.
I hope the information is useful to you!