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Thursday, August 18, 2005

La Gomera Island Council Go Into The Wine Business

Barrels in La Gomera

The Island Council of La Gomera announced that it is to buy a "quality grape" to be made into a wine which identifies with the island.

After recently taking over the management of the island's winery, previously in private hands, they also announced that, since the beginning of this month, they have had people working in the field helping the growers to obtain the best results from the harvest.

Vines are mainly grown on the north and north east of the island of Tenerife's neighbour, La Gomera, currently produced under seven labels, four of which have certification of origin quality marks.

The island winery has capacity to produce 60,000 liters of wine.

El Cabildo gomero compra uva de calidad para elaborar un vino que identifique a la isla

Canary Island wines have been enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years for the first time since they held a position of prestige in the 16th - 19th Centuries. Shakespeare himself alluded to the famed Canary Sack in his play the Merry Wives of Windsor and the English even opened a consulate on Tenerife at one point for the sole purpose of supervising the commercial trade of the wine.

The Canary & Balearic Islands Wine.