One of the most serious white Listán wines and with the best continuity in Tenerife, with small contributions from other varieties to give it and original touch…
white aged 8 months
An interesting wine that provides the market with a product line that represents the archipelago’s general character. It has very fine aromas…
If there is something that defines this wine, it is its typical character, continuous for many years, always maintains its style of a well-made Listán…
The winery’s new twist and Agustín’s effort to make a contemporary wine for an audience that wants to be surprised with every sip. Its careful presentation…
In the course of time, the wine has experienced an evolution that placed it among the best of the Canary Islands. It involves intense work of the vines and the cultivation criteria, additional estates to increase the production, and expanding the product range with oenological practices that aim for the best treatment of the raw materials and excellence in the results.
They preserve the traditional cultivation of plants pleached into multiple strings: an old vine that is pruned so it grows intertwined in one single direction and can reach up to five meters in length
The winery and estate of El Ratiño are located in the neighborhood La Perdoma of the Valle de la Orotava, where they preserve and take care of the traditional cultivation of plants pleached into multiple strings: an old vine that, as it grows, is pruned so it grows intertwined in one single direction and can reach up to five meters in length. By tradition, this was a system that allowed for mixed crops, given that the vine could be harvested at certain times of the year and planted next to the products for family use, for example vegetables. Today this is an outdated practice because the vine doesn’t need the fertilizer and the watering these kind of plants do, quite to the contrary.
This cultivation system requires very specific care throughout the year, which men and women share the traditional way: the men prune the long shoots that bore fruit the year before, and the women tie the twigs that are left to the old wood, with vegetal string (nowadays, a strip of light wood; back then, tanned leather); afterwards, the men hoe around the trunk and fertilize it; then it is again the women’s turn to connect the twigs to the trunk and make sure that the bunches get enough air so they can have sulfur treatments to avoid disease like powdery mildew. During the harvest, the women handle cutting the bunches while the men carry the fruit to the winery.
“We look for small and well aerated bunches that get a lot of sunshine,” says Agustín and, even though it reduced the production by thirty percent, the sacrifice is compensated by the quality gain
In the close-by La Araucaria estate, in Las Toscas, the scenery is different because here the cultivation is more contemporary: organized rows of vines in espalier led by a double string that allows to work comfortably and even to access it with a small tractor. During the year they defoliate the plants and, when there are fruits, they thin the bunches sacrificing those which grow later and only keeping the ones that have the best exposure. “We look for small and well aerated bunches that get a lot of sunshine,” says Agustín García Farráis and, even though it reduced the production by thirty percent, the sacrifice is compensated by the quality gain.
■ Bodegas Tajinaste SLL
El Ratiño 5 (La Perdoma), 38315 La Orotava (Tenerife), Islas Canarias (España)
Phone number: (34) 922 308 720
● Capacity: 200,000 liters.
● Average production: 150,000 bottles/year.
● Exportation: Spanish Peninsula, United States, Germany
♠ Visits by appointment.