■ Volcán Vijariego
For some, a cult wine. It has stood out since its first year of production as an unusual wine with personality, an ideal companion to high-end gastronomy…
It has a very delicate sweetness, but nevertheless a strong flavor and aroma. Its philosophy is based on a sweetness that is not too sugary or concentrated…
Elías Santos, vintner:
“We produce seven different wines, It’s crazy, because someone with 20,000 kilograms of grapes usually makes one, or at most two wines”
What makes Volcán special is the use of microvinification. He is dedicated to producing “small amounts of many wines,” as he puts it – seven different ones at present. “It’s crazy, because someone with 20,000 kilograms of grapes usually makes one, or at most two wines.” As if that was not enough, this 2014 he has already decided to increase the production with three more wines: a white from Verdello and Forastera Blanca grapes passed through American oak barrels, one from Tintilla aged in the barrel, and even one sparkling made from Listán Negro. Precisely because what he likes is to draw the distinctiveness from every variety that his cultivation achieves in different areas. For example, he produces only a thousand bottles a year of his white from Vijariego, cultivated in the heights. “Why don’t I make more? Because I would have to look for the same grape in other estates of lower altitude, and the wine just wouldn’t be the same.”
His diverse production includes various wines made from the Listán Negro grape, such as a red aged five months in American oak barrels from a grape that comes from a ecological farm, a red that is macerated with carbonic anhydride, a traditional red, and a sweet red. “I think it is a variety with which you have to argue a bit in order to get interesting wines with distinctive nuances: the one from a coastal area like Monte Lentiscal produce a more robust wine, and the one from higher areas, lighter and more aromatic wines. Putting them together in the proper way is what I find interesting.”
This winery not only produces very original and personal wines, but also has a packed event calendar
This winery not only produces very original and personal wines, but also has a packed event calendar to which friends and wine lovers are invited in social networks and participate all year long. Small groups of tourists and cruise passengers are also a frequent sight. By attending the events (which cost as little as 2 Euros for a tapa and a glass of wine, depending on the activity) you can get to know the wines of the year, participate in the harvest, get together for charity dinners, and listen to live music, among many other things.
■ Bodega Elías Santos
Carretera a La Atalaya 15, km 1, 35300 Santa Brígida (Gran Canaria), Islas Canarias (España)
Phone Cell: (34) 617 993 224
● Capacity: 20,000 liters.
● Average production: 15,000 bottles/year.
● Exportation: small deliveries to the Spanish Peninsula, France and Germany
♠ Guided tours with wine tasting, from 5 Euros per person.