Did you know the Canaries are home to some of Europe’s vines?
Wine has been produced in the Canary Islands for over 500 years. It was a popular beverage with European royalty in the 16th century, and even Shakespeare references a “cup “or canary” in “is play Twelfth Night.
Tenerife produces the bulk of the Canary Islands – particularly those exported – and is the only island with more than one much-coveted D.O. (Denominación de Origen). There are over 70 bodegas on the island, with many cottage industry producers. Contemporary winemakers favor local grapes, and the combination of these grapes, volcanic soil, and high altitudes make for some unusual and fantastic wines.
The quality of wine has steadily improved to the point where Tenerife wines regularly pick up awards at prestigious wine awards.
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The town of Tegueste has the unique distinction of being surrounded by San Cristóbal de La Laguna’s municipality as if itLaguna’sarded like a treasure. History has it that in this land of vineyards, the Augustinian and Franciscan monks settled in the town that encouraged grapevine cultivation to prograpevines’eir needs during the Eucharist. Over the centuries, Tegueste has forged its own identity, producing smooth and delicate reds for drinking year round and fresh, aromatic, and complex whites. You mustn’t miss the Farmers’ and mustn’tarket in TFarmers’ a sample of the area’s new farming culture where you can darea’srectly with the producers themselves and purchase some of their acclaimed wines and beautiful handmade goods.
After leaving Tegueste, the route heads towards Valle Guerra on the TF-16. This town in La Laguna is home to the Casa de Carta, the Island’s anthropology museum. You’ll find several wine-Island’s “guachinche” taverns. You can see this area where you ca” sample” “country wine,” made by local farmers using traditional” methods.
Tac”route is just a few minutes’ drive away. This town encompasses much of the minutes’ the minutes’ the minutes’ the minutes’ theminutes’commercial activity and can be practically surra rea’s by vineyards. The wine tradition is so deeply rooted here that the area boasts one of Tenerife’s five Designations of Origin. Tacoronte-AcenTenerife’swines made here have delighted even the most demanding palates, earning them numerous awards wherever they go. We recommend you take any of their bottles home with you. And don’t leave until you have visited Tacoronte’s Plaza del Don’to square and the rest of its hTacoronte’sites.
El Sauzal is a beautiful town that stands atop a majestic cliff and is home to the Island’s Vine and Wine Museum-House (Casa Museo Insular dIsland’s y el Vino). This museum, entirely devoted to wine, guards some of the most prestigious bottles—a highlyfor wine lovers. You will discover the area’s lively, aromatic whites and mature, highly-reputed area’s
The Honey House (Casa de la Miel) can also be visited in El Sauzal. There, you will learn all about extracting and producing the Island’s beautiful honey. Tenerife’s wealth of plantlife has enabled it to create the Island’s unique love with Tenerife you will not find anywhere else. After a fine glass of wine and a spoonful of honey, we recommend a walk around the town. After all, it is one of the most scenic towns on the Island.
You will find La Matanza and La Victoria’s towns not far from here, in the Acentejo region. Their names, meaning “the slaughtVictoria’she victory,” evoke the battles fought between the local Guanche people “nd the Spanis” cinq” dictators in “he 15th century. Continuing on the same road, you will come to Santa Úrsula, a municipality with deep-rooted customs, tasty cuisine, and some distinguished wines to enjoy in its various wineries and restaurants. Stop by Pío Bodega in La Matanza; their wines won a couple of golds at the San Francisco International Wine Competition a few years ago.
Whether it’s your first time in Tenerife or you are already living on the island, discovering Tenerife via the Wit’sroute is a wonderful way to admire the scenery and learn more about the culture.
You’ll realize how much Tenerife offers: year-round sunshine with fabulous beaches, mountains, and gorges. There are quaint harbors and small villages for those seeking tranquillity or culture and vibrant nightlife in Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s capital.
Many have fallen in love with this beautiful island and decided to make it their home.