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Volcanic from Cráter

In 1998, a group of friends started this project in a splendid landscape on the northern slope of the island of Tenerife, between Tacoronte and El Sauzal. They were united in their desire to make wines that freely express the unique terroir marked by the volcanic soil, the Atlantic climate and the native varieties.

The wine is made from listán blanco with a small amount of albillo, made separately. Barrels have not been used, but it aged for 3 months on lees.

Blanco de Cráter 2021 (Cráter)

Light straw coloured. Aroma of citrus (lime), yellow apple, hay, wax. Medium-bodied, creamy with good acidity and concentration, quite long with salt in the finish.

Price: Medium

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Suerte del Marqués Trenzado

Many would hesitate to mention the Canary Islands among the regions capable to grow serious vineyard based wines, and in a sustainable way too. But they are, and here is a terrific white from northern/central Tenerife.
Near the mighty Teide peak, in mineral and volcanic soil of the Orotava valley, there is adequate sun conditions for making quality wines. The family behind Suerte del Marqués established quite recently this project, but it’s based on more than 100 years old vines with traditional varieties.

You will not you see any new barrels in their cellar. And in more technical terms there is no industrial yeasts nor enzymes at work. if any sulphur is used it’s only a tiny amount before bottling.

The variety is listán negro, the same grape that is used for sherry, in combination with other local white grapes such as pedro ximénez and the local variety of albillo.

The term trenzado signifies the way the vines are trained, like a braid.


Trenzado 2014 (Suertes del Marqués)

Yellow-orange-light brownish colour. Complex aroma with flowers, yellow tomatoes, herbs and spices. Creamy mouthfeel with a fresh, citrusy mineral fruit, and a nice and spicy finish.

Price: Medium

Food: Tapas made with fish, shellfish or meat, light meat and grilled fish

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