Considered one of the best Albillos from La Palma and hence from the Canary Islands, its bouquet has fine
A wine that speaks of quality, style, and a certain change of tendency. It smells great, very interesting on account of the red fruit…
Here the “Prieto” is important because it demonstrates the local viticulturist’s knowledge in planting them at the highest point…
Traditional mountain wine. It’s not for us to judge whether its very pronounced pine-tree aftertaste are more or less pleasant…
Fifty viticulturists from this northeastern district of La Palma (formed by the municipalities Tijarafe, Puntagorda, and Garafia) founded the winery in 1998, with the first vintage in 1999. Since then, the number of associates has been increasing along with production, which adds up to hundreds of thousands kilograms of grapes that are cultivated in low plantation systems, on volcanic, very developed, and fertile soils that mark the wine with a special character. The varieties are the traditional ones from the island, adapted to the area, such as the red Negramoll, Listán Prieto and Almuñeco, or the white Listán and Albillo.
The range of wines under the Vega Norte label – all of them with the Denomination of Origin La Palma – is very broad (and the Acertijo label has to be added for the wines that carry the Protected Denomination of Origin Islas Canarias) and includes unique and exclusive wines from the area, whose originality and singularity they reflect, for example, ‘tea wine’, so called because centuries ago the barrels were made from old Canary pine trees (‘tea’), which provided the most accessible wood to local coopers, possesses very peculiar characteristics, both on the nose and on the palate, on account of the subtle infusion of pine tree resin and the fact that the wine remains only 15 days in the single surviving barrel they have from this wood, which is now 200 years old.
■ SAT Bodegas del Noroeste de La Palma
Bellido Alto s/n, 38780 Tijarafe (La Palma), Islas Canarias (España)
Phone number: (34) 922 491 075
● Capacity: 975,000 liters.
● Average production: 400,000 bottles/year.
● Exportation: Spanish Peninsula and Germany
♠ Visits by appointment and, depending on availability, also walk-ins.