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The tropical terroir of Canary Islands

Located just over one hundred kilometres off the coast of Morocco, The Canary Islands boasts a long history that includes wine and sugar production, and its complete absence of phylloxera have allowed ancient grape varieties to thrive here for centuries. White grapes include Bastardo Blanco, Malvasia, Sabro, Baboso Blanco, Burra Blanca, Gual, Forastera, Breval, Diego, Bremajuela, Marmajuelo, Bujariego, Vijariego Blanco and Listan Blanco (also known as Palomino); reds include Baboso Negro, Listan Negro, Listan Prieto, Bastardo Negro, Malvasia Rosada, Negramoll, Verijadiego Negro, Malvasia Negro, Almuñeco, Castellana, Vijariego, Listan Negro and Tintilla – and the list goes on!

The terrain is fertile, volcanic and mountainous, the wines often sweet and generally quite aromatic. It’s the most tropical and southerly of all of the EU’s wine regions, but its high altitudes make it possible to produce wine nonetheless.

Main Canary Island DO’s: Gran Canaria, La Palma, Abona, El Hierro, Lanzarote, Pla Llevant, Binissalem, Tacaronte Acentejo, Valle de Guimar, La Gomera, Ycoden Daute Isora and Orotava.

by Rafael Segovia, Wine Enthusiast