I must confess that I have always felt a great admiration for this Tenerife business and wine project, led by the renowned winemaker Mr. Juan Jesús Méndez, who hand in hand with his collaborators, and due to strong determination and constant effort has succeeded turning what was no more than a small family terroir and traditional winery in one of the most outstanding Tenerife wineries of the current wine scene of the Canary Islands.
Located in the municipality of La Guancha in the northwest of the island of Tenerife, on grounds of the Wine Designation of Origin Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Viñátigo, was founded as a winery in 1990, with a determined commitment to identify and enhance the value of traditional grape varieties of the Canary Islands, which in many cases and due to the phylloxera that devastated the vineyards of Europe during the XIX century, have been preserved only in these privileged islands in the Atlantic.
With that philosophy the Viñatigo Winery, began to develop mono varietal wine productions of Listán, Marmajuelo, Gual, Vijariego, Tintilla, Black Baboso... to bring out the maximum expression of each of these oenological treasures until then, in many cases, anonymous and intermingled in the traditional vintages terroirs, known as “Vidueños” (traditional vineyards compound of not classified local grape varieties).
As one of the standards of good wine make in the insular landscape, Viñátigo, has made in recent years a firm commitment to export and has to certain extend lead the launch of a unified Canary Islands Wine Designation of Origin, named: Canary Islands - Volcanic Experience.
But perhaps the most recommended way of knowing the Viñátigo winery project, one of the most awarded and internationally recognized wine makers in Tenerife is visiting its beautiful wine cellar.
A cellar covered in stone and perfectly respectful and integrated into the local landscape.
Bodegas Viñatigo is a Tenerife winery, where the latest oenological technology is combined with the best local tradition, producing an exceptional Tenerife quality wine as a result of constant research, through years of passionate micro-wine productions of local varieties in the search for the ultimate best taste, aroma and general wine experience.