■ Testamento Dry
A sweeter, more roasted, more caramelized Malvasia with more body than usual on the Canary Islands…
■ Flor de Chasna
Tradición red aged
It is made from grapes that were planted in the 1990s on one of the first Syrah vineyard on the Canary Islands…
It was constructed in record time, and ended up being first to actually come into operation under the plan in Tenerife in 1991. Today it comprises 700 associates and has changed the regional agrarian economy (it is part of the Denomination of Origin Abona, which includes the municipalities of Adeje, Arico, Arona, Fasnia, Granadilla, San Miguel, and Vilaflor), revitalizing the majority of its abandoned vineyards.
The co-op that is behind this regional winery was created in 1988. A year later they were already sending grapes to the Experimental Center of Valle Guerra (today the Agrarian Research Institute of the Canary Islands) to examine the quality of the raw material with the hope of producing and bottling wines.
It has been an on-going journey during which the wines have constantly improved, as attested by the many awards it has received
Since then, it has been an on-going journey during which the wines have constantly improved, as attested by the many awards it has received, not only for wines produced using the predominant grapes (Listán Blanco and Listán Negro), but also with other varieties whose production increased when the estates were renovated (especially, Malvasia). The region’s special feature is the altitude at which the grapes are grown, starting at 300 meters above sea level and going as high as 1,800 meters, making these the highest vineyards in Spain, or, in fact, in Europe in its entirety.
■ Sociedad Cooperativa Cumbres de Abona
Bajada del Viso s/n, 38589 Arico (Tenerife), Islas Canarias (España)
Phone: (34) 922 76 86 04
● Capacity: 500,000 liters.
● Average production: 400,000 bottles/year.
● Exportation: Spanish Peninsula and Germany.