Spain – Canary Islands Autonomous Region

The Vina Melosar Tinto Tradicional dry red wine is produced in the Vale de Guimar region of the Island of Tenerife, by the winery Bodegas Viña del Machado. My bottle is of 2007 vintage.

The winery has an interesting website: www.bodegasvinadelmachado.com

The Canaries Archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, off the north-east coast of Africa at Latitude: 28° 18′ N, Longitude: 16° 24′ W. Some 2,000 kilometres from the Spanish mainland, the seven volcanic islands have a sunny and temperate climate with a wide variation of rainfall across the islands.

Winemaking in the Canary Islands dates back to at least the 16th. century. Since the 1980’s, winemaking has again come to the fore in the Canary Islands. Eight commercial wine growing regions: Tacoronte-Acentejo, Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Abona, Valle de Güimar and Valle de la Orotava, are spread over the Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, El Hierro and La Palma. Most spectacular, I understand, is a vineyard on the island of Lanzarote, which is crowned by the summit of the Timanfaya volcano. Around the La Geria region, vines grow from within holes dug out of the black volcanic rock, each hole surrounded by a small circular, stone wall, reminiscent of a similar practice on Easter Island in the Pacific.

Canary Islands wine is readily available on the Islands, in stores and restaurants. However, I am told, only a tiny amount is exported to the mainland.

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