Wine has been made in the Canary Islands for centuries, due to their strategic location en route from Europe to the Americas. And there's no way those early sailors were going to make the trip without a hold full of booze!
Lanzarote is the most easterly island in the Canaries and lying 125km from the Sahara Desert it's total annual rainfall of just 125-150mm ought to make it too dry to grow grapes. But the Lanzaroteños have devised an ingenious system of growing the vines in pits sunk into the volcanic soil, which allow a few drops of dew to condense each morning and keep the plants alive.
Bodegas Las Bermejos was founded in 2001, but already this wine has achieved something of a cult status and has become quite hard to find. The Malvasía grapes are harvested late and then the wine slowly ferments until the yeast can't hack it any more and die off, leaving at least 125g of residual sugar per litre of wine. This wine is then aged in a solera system, which smooths out any annual variation and adds a certain walnutty complexity to this wine already rich with the scents of flowers and honey.
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5th Generation Txakoli growers with an Atlantic view for inspiration. But rather than wallow in tradition, this producer looks to the future, making some of the best wines in the region and being confident enough to experiment with different styles and whacky packaging. This is their top Txakoli and the...
Terras Gauda is a large and reliable producer of Albariños and other Galician whites, based in the O-Rosal subzone of the Rías Baixas region. This verdant area is the furthest south of the region and this has no doubt contributed to the slightly weightier, peachy style of white here. Whilst large,...
Ribeiro has long been regarded as a bit of a bulk region in NW Spain, good for simple fragrant whites and juicy reds but not much else. The dominant white grape is Treixadura, which often clings to terraces in this attractive verdant region. However things are changing and as in...
I used to help make this wine back in 2004 and I've been in love with the intoxicating heady lychee perfume ever since. A rare grape in Spain but one that excels here. PLEASE NOTE THAT SPECIAL SHIPPING RATES APPLY TO ALCOHOLIC ITEMS.