The prestigious US magazine Forbes, specializing in economic news, has set its sights on the Canary Islands. More specifically, in Tenerife and Lanzarote. And more specifically, in its wines, Viñátigo being one of its protagonists.
The journalist Tom Mullen, specialized in gastronomy, culture and lifestyles, has recently traveled to these two islands and as a result of his journey through Canarian landscapes, he has written a report for Forbes. Under the title “Why The Vines And Wines Of The Canary Islands Will Twist Your Head With Surprise“, Mullen begins by explaining the climatic and orographic conditions that grant these islands their particular microclimates and, hence, their great variety of landscapes. It is those volcanic landscapes that, says Mullen, give the Canary Islands such peculiar vine fruits.
THE ISLANDS OF THE “STRANGE” VINEYARDS ACCORDING TO FORBES
The journalist explains that his trip to the Canary Islands was in April, and that he was able to visit “strange and beautiful vineyards before trying unusually elegant vintages” on both islands, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
Regarding Tenerife, Mullen narrates that “during the past centuries, the locals (…) established their own viticultural presence by creating a system of horizontal braided vines, each known as ‘the braided cord‘”. The journalist continues describing the unique conditions of the island’s landscapes, assuring that “although these vineyards resemble scenes from a Dune sequel or from a Tolkien landscape, they also produce unique fruits due to history and climate.”
Mullen explains the presence in the islands of vines long since disappeared in the European continent, such as the whites Gual and Marmajuelo and the reds Listán Negro and Vijariego Negro.
The journalist then describes how Canarian wines are, some wines that were already well known and exported to the United States and the United Kingdom since the 15th century, he explains. “Whites predominate in the Canaries and are often opulent, sometimes with citrus precision. Reds often have a burgundy weight of pepper and a complex darkness: leather, mocha, black fruit, caramel and even diesel. Some reds open your eyes for their beautiful smoky power, ” he describes.
After his visit to both islands, to try different varieties and visit vineyards in Tenerife, Mullen concludes: “When you consider the few vines planted, the difficulties of digging in the ashes or weaving vineyards to establish the plantations, these vintages, bought locally , they are generally a bargain. ”
Mullen took advantage of his trip to taste some of our elaborations such as Viñátigo Vijariego Blanco 2017 or Viñatigo Baboso Negro 2013:
Fat and full, with lemon and papayas on the nose. Chewy, buttered and rich in the mouth. This delicious wine spends four months in French oak. Viñatigo is one of Tenerife’s wineries dedicated to working with, and promoting, local grapes. Their gravity fed winery is built largely from local volcanic rock.
Chocolate explosion on the nose with a hint of mint and black pepper; plum and licorice in the mouth. This unique, powerful wine (from a grape known as Alfrocheiro in Portugal) spends one year in oak. Excellent.
ORIGINAL PUBLICATION (EN).- Why The Vines And Wines Of The Canary Islands Will Twist Your Head With Surprise
DIARIO DE AVISOS (ES).- La revista ‘Forbes’ se rinde a los “extraños” viñedos y “elegantes” vinos canarios
LA OPINIÓN DE TENERIFE (ES).- El vino de Canarias encandila a la revista Forbes