May 02, 2021 by Alyssa Taylor
Canary Islands, Spain
Although technically part of Spain, the Canary Islands wine region is actually much closer to Africa than Europe. Situated just 70 miles off the western coast of Morocco, this small but fierce wine region is putting out some of the most exciting wines on the market today.
Situated at 28 degrees latitude, the Canary Islands benefits from year-round warm temperatures and ample sunlight, making it one of Spain’s most tropical viticultural areas. However, this “tropical” might not be exactly what you’re thinking. Here, volcanic soils dominate the islands’ rugged, moonlike landscapes, which are home to jagged cliffs and gold-hued sand dunes, all enveloped within sea-tinged coastlines. Most of the islands’ vineyards are terraced at soaringly high altitudes, which ensures that the grapes’ acidity is preserved.
Wines from the Canary Islands are known for their salty, mineral-laden nature, much of which is a direct reflection of the soils and climate from which they come. Listan Blanco (Palomino), Malvasia, and Listan Negro are some of the most commly planted varieties in the Canary Islands. The islands are home to 10 DOs, half of which are found on the area’s largest island, Tenerife.