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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Where to Sample Tenerife Wines

Originally uploaded by _Marcel_.
This year's new wines from the north of Tenerife were presented yesterday at the old winery, the La Casa del Vino "La Baranda" in El Sauzal. The premises are housed in a traditional large Canarian house that is also a wine museum, open to the public, where you can learn all about wines and winegrowing in Tenerife and sample the product. The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

This year's harvest from the Icoden-Daute-Isora wine region was 48.74 percent larger than last year, with this region alone producing 1.3 million kilos of grapes; 843,939 of them white and 477,984 of them red this year. There are 900 individual growers and 23 bodegas registered in the region - the most ancient but most recently Denominated of Spain's regions.

Harvests from the Orotava Valley and the Tacoronte Acentejo region also showed increases over last year. Councillor for Agriculture, José Joaquín Bethencourt, has classed the 2006 vintage as excellent, both in terms of quantity and quality.