The heartthrobs of Casanova or Shakespeare pulled the wine from the archipelago, which they knew perfectly well. The British dramatist left written in his work Enrique V: “Give me canary wine, and you, my beloved, rest here“
Wine is not new in the Canary Islands. The first island in which it was cultivated was Fuerteventura because it arrived a century before the first plantation that Fernando de Castro made in 1497 in Tenerife and John Hill in El Hierro in 1526. The chroniclers say that the famous wine of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura is previous because they were conquered almost a century before by the Frenchman Juan de Bethencourt.
The “playboy” of Casanova
The diplomat, spy and Italian writer knew nothing. He left written in his memoirs: “I started by making him eat a couple of cookies embedded in a bit of Canary and then I took her to the main part of the palace.” There are passages on the wine of the islands in the nearly 3,500 pages that cover the life of Casanova from his birth in 1725 to 1774.
William Shakespeare mentioned the wine of the Canary Islands for its quality in some of his romantic works. Love at first sight is often its main theme. In “Enrique V” the playwright said: “You have already taken many canaries and that is a wonderfully penetrating wine“.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, the writer who created Tarzan, among others, resorted to the Canary wine to narrate in a previous book a story that is set in the thirteenth century in England about the invented character of Norman de Torn. It was about the power struggle between Henry III and Simon de Montfort. Norman de Torn enjoyed the wine of the Canary Islands after his fighting as a swordsman.
The author of Moby Dick
Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick 1851, cites in his work “Benito Cereno” the quality of wine from the Canary Islands. This novel is a fictional account of a revolt on a Spanish slave ship captained by Don Benito Cereno, published for the first time in 1855. It deals with issues such as slavery in the United States. Things of life, Moby Dick was filmed in the Fifty some of his best scenes in the Canary Islands.
Robert Louis Stevenson
In one of his novels, “The black arrow” refers to the elegance on the palate of the island’s wine. The novel is set in the reign of King Henry VI and during the War of the Roses (1455-1487). The protagonist is a boy who is in a forest with a fugitive, Joanna Sedley, disguised as a child with the alias of John Matcham. The girl is a rich heiress who escapes from a rich landowner who wants to force her for a marriage of convenience. Canary wine will bring softness to your heart.