The newspaper El Día published the special supplement “Comprometidos con Canarias” dedicated to the companies that have most innovated and contributed value to the economic development of the region during the last 25 years. In the aforementioned supplement Bodegas Viñátigo charges a fundamental role in the Canarian wine sector and the newspaper explains it in an excellent report where it tells the history and philosophy of our winery, elements that have made us, according to the publication, the vanguard of the new Canarian wines.
Thanking the newspaper El Día for the deference with our winery, here we reproduce the complete text so that you do not lose detail:
BODEGAS VIÑÁTIGO: AVANT-GARDE VITICULTURE FOR THE NEW WINES OF THE CANARY ISLANDS
In his clear and determined conviction in favor of the development of the Canary wine industry, Bodegas Viñátigo is already three decades in the making betting on the differentiation and recovery of a Canarian heritage, the wine, which being as it is genuine and unique allows us to differentiate our wines of those of the rest of the national panorama, in spite of the difficulties that imply doing it from an archipelagoan territory, fragmented, diminutive, remote and far from the Continent.
When more than twenty years ago the immense majority of the Canarian wine sector bet in unison for the introduction of foreign varieties – which were erroneously considered and called “improvers” – as the only way to revitalize the viticulture of our archipelago, from a small municipality of the North of Tenerife, La Guancha, Bodegas Viñátigo defended with passion and with zeal the genuine as the only way to differentiation, bet this time has proved successful.
The path undertaken in its day, has not been a mere issue of criteria and opinions, but has been based on a huge research work, which initially relied on a very important project of the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) together with the Enological Station of Galicia (EVEGA) that allowed to take advantage of the wide knowledge about the recovery of Galician minority varieties – deepening in the morphological description and in fertility studies – that allowed to acquire Bodegas Viñátigo the knowledge of the pruning of each and every one of the Canarian grape varieties.
Advanced time and the project, already in collaboration with the University of La Laguna and Zaragoza, new challenges were undertaken aimed at deepening elaboration models for the different varieties, while aromatically characterizing them, all based on rigorous studies that substantiated such an organoleptic description and that have been the basis and foundation of some Doctoral Theses.
These morphological studies continued with further research aimed at varietal identification, promoting research, in collaboration with the Ycoden Daute Isora Denomination of Origin, which allowed the identification of the Canarian varieties based on 21 markers of their DNA, in a model of collaboration with the University Rovira and Virgili to which given their relevance and successes have been added later by other agencies and institutions, which have found in this way light for a scenario until then quite confusing as far as identification is concerned.
But looking back does not mean that the continuous, incessant and intense work of research has ceased at present. New projects of polyphenolic characterization of the red varieties of the Canary Islands, in collaboration with the previously mentioned Rovira and Virgili University of Tarragona, will provide brief knowledge on the techniques to be applied in the different elaborations of our red varieties.
All this makes Bodegas Viñátigo a reference in the viticultural panorama of Tenerife, Canary Islands and national, in which it has played a fundamental role in the recovery of the extensive Canarian varietal heritage, putting it in value and prestige. Not in vain, the guanchera winery currently cultivates more than 15 hectares of vineyard and also produces more than 50 small wine growers who develop their crops following the guidelines of the winery under the “Viñátigo philosophy”, that is: natural, sustainable and respectful with the environment. All the vineyards are located in the Northwest of the Island of Tenerife looking for with these elaborations the maximum expression of the terroir of the whole area.
The commitment to sustainability and the natural does not stop at cultivation, but also applies to the elaborations carried out without the use of sulfites and considering, in the winery’s own design, the realization of the processes exclusively by gravity , minimizing energy consumption and giving a very delicate treatment to the harvest, as well as controlling the air conditioning of the facilities in a natural way taking advantage of the influence of the trade winds that arrive fresh from the Atlantic.
Viñátigo, grows exclusively Canarian vine varieties, 17 different, in vineyards located from sea level to more than 1,000 m altitude depending on the weather needs and soil requirements for each variety. All its elaborations are carried out separately from plot to plot and within each one, even separating the terraces depending on variety and degree of maturation, all the works being carried out manually with a very delicate treatment.
Nowadays, and thanks to everything explained, the Viñatigo wines enjoy a high national and international recognition by a demanding public, eager to taste surprising and novel flavors, commercializing with great success their elaborations in the Canary Islands, Peninsula and also Exporting to more than 16 countries.
A model then, which represents Bodegas Viñátigo, firmly and decisively committed to the Canary Islands, whose success is due to its natural crops avoiding chemical treatments, artisanal treatment prioritizing work and manual operations, to crops integrated into the landscape of vineyards without grafting, exempt phylloxera and exclusive varieties many of which no longer exist in other parts of the world, which allow their wines have contributed, without any doubt, to recover the quality and place that our Canary Wine never lost in its history more glorious.