A few days ago we received a copy of the April edition of the famous magazine Monocle which includes an extensive report on the wines of the island of Tenerife, highlighting its varieties and its volcanic soil. In this report, Bodegas Viñátigo stands out for the quality of its elaborations and for its work of recovery of the Canarian autochthonous varieties.
This is what Aimee Hartley, journalist from Monocle, comments on our winery and our elaborations in this report:
DOWN TO A VINE ART – WINE/TENERIFE
by Aimee Hartley
photographs Victor Garrido
…”Juan Jesús Méndez, owner and fourth-generation winemaker at Viñátigo – a touch south of Suertes del Marqués in La Guancha – is equally fascinated by the nation’s native fruit. As both a wine-maker here and a professor of viticulture, he has made it his life’s work to explore and preserve the islands most obscure and endangered grapes. Through his ongoing work with the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, on the Spanish mainland, he has helped identify more than 82 grape varieties in Tenerife alone. These include gual (know as “bowl” in Madeira), a white variety that has a smokey character, and vinariego negro, a red variety that was once used to make boisterous and highly alcoholic wines but is now being revived in a more elegant fashion by Méndez and others”.
“Viñátigo, with its distinct dome-like winery hewn from stone, is not just one of the oldest on the island but its also a beacon for its future”…
Tasting Note Monocle
Monocle is a British magazine specialized in lifestyles. Founded in 2007, it includes articles on design, fashion, quality of life, international affairs and general culture. Monocle identifies a new target, the global citizen, the elite of the world, and addresses them as a transnational community with high purchasing power. “A brief of global affairs, business and culture” is his motto.
The publication is firmly committed to paper. In a difitalized world, paper, and many publishers understand it, is the last of the luxuries. His 50s artistic style, careful supplements and rigorously crafted content make it an international reference of modernity.