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Bodegas El Lomo

Canary Islands

Listan Blanco is the predominant white varietal in the Teguesta province of Tenerife.

Bodegas El Lomo was founded in the mid-1980’s by Felix Rodriguez when he converted an old stable on property he had just bought into a small winery. The location was in the municipality of Tegueste in the northeastern part of the Island of Tenerife, Canary Islands. The winery’s success allowed a new, modern facility to be built that provides specialty buildings for each step of the winemaking process. This success is due in part to Winemaker Alberto Gonzales Plasencia, recognized as Spain’s 2nd Best Winemaker in 2015 at the Master Wine Challenge.

Bodegas El Lomo’s three producing vineyards moderately sloping at altitudes between 1,400 and 4,000 feet and are open to the sea, providing minerality and deep flavor to the resultant fruit. Listán Blanco is the predominant white varietal in the area and consistently produces superior fruit and highest quality wines.

We're excited to introduce members of our International Wine Club to these amazing, exclusively-imported wines!

Map of the area

Wine Regions of Canary Islands

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There are seven islands that comprise the archipelago of the Canary Islands. They sit at 28 degrees latitude (approximately the location of Houston, Texas or New Delhi, India) and are only a scant 80 miles west of the beastly Sahara Desert and its incredible array of dispiriting winds. Daily temperatures range from between 56 and 84 degrees throughout the year and the area includes Spain’s highest peak of Mount Teide at some 12,198 feet.

Physically, the Canaries fall into two groups. The western group comprised of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and Ferro consists of mountain peaks that rise directly from a deep ocean floor. The eastern group includes Lanzarote, Fuerteventura Island and six islets surmounting a single submarine plateau, the Canary Ridge that rises about 4,500 feet from the ocean floor.

Canary Islalnds: Fun Facts!

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• One of the more unique aspects of the Canaria is the fact that Phylloxera never reached there due to the volcanic soil and the relative isolation in the Atlantic. Varietals from Spain and Portugal of the 1500’s, that would have been lost to history, still thrive on the islands. Many of the vines are old -- very old to be exact. These hundred-plus year-old vines produce superior quality fruit and therefore, exceeding high quality wines that are consistent and well-regarded.

• The Canary Islands name brings to mind small yellow birds, however it is derived from the Latin term Insula Canaria, meaning “Island of the Dogs”. The ‘dogs’ in this case were most likely Monk Seals, which in Latin translates to “sea dogs”.

• Despite having the Pyrenees mountains located in the north of the country, the highest point in Spain is actually on the island of Tenerife. El Teide is 12,198 ft high. El Teide is the third largest volcano in the world and boasts the world’s largest telescope. Many beaches on Tenerife are covered with black shingle or sand, reminding one of the volcanic origins of this island.

• There is a typical Canarian food called ‘ropa vieja’, or ‘old clothes’. It is typically made of chicken and beef mixed with potatoes and garbanzo beans. It leads you to wonder what they use as ‘spice’ in the mix!

• The strangest vineyards in the world can be found on Lanzarote, a volcanic island that has little to no soil or vegetation. Each vine is placed in a small depression with a semicircular wall of lava stone around it to protect it from the wind. The vines take root on the lava rock and get water from the moisture that condenses on the rocks. Harvesting is a difficult and hands-on process.