Bodegas Candido Hernandez Pio
Bodegas Candido Hernandez Pio survives heat and lack of water to produce wines of quality.
Bodegas Candido Hernandez Pio is a medium-sized, family run operation with vineyards spread out over the Tacoronte, Acentejo and Gulmar Valley on the Island of Tenerife, Canary Islands. Claudio Hernandez Pio and his son Oscar own the business that farms just over 60 acres of vineyards with their estate, The Reconda, (in the village of Candaleria) continually producing extraordinary wines.
The vineyards are terraced on solidified lava, a combination of basalt and surface sand that provide an insight into the volcanic minerality of the entire area. Varietals include Vijariego Tinto, Marmajuelo and Malavasia. Emphasis at Bodegas CHP is on quality and not quantity.
Bodegas Candido Hernandez Pio has garnered numerous international awards for its wines that are sold in many European and Scandinavian countries. We are very excited to introduce our International Wine Club members to the wines of the Canary Islands! Enjoy!
Map of the area
Flag of Canary Islalnds
The current flag of the Canary Islands consists of 3 vertical bands of white, blue and yellow. Its origins were from the Canarias Libre movement of the 1960s. The flag includes the Coat of Arms in the central band of blue, which along with the white band portray the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the blue and yellow colors portray the Province of Las Palmas. The Coat of Arms consists of two dogs supporting a blue shield (depicting the seven volcanic islands) topped with the Spanish Royal Crown. Above the crown is a banner with the word Oceano. There is a controversy regarding the collars on the dogs’ necks, as this is a symbol of submission that should be removed, according to one political party. However, the other party does not support removing the symbol, so the issue remains in limbo.
Island of Tenerife
The Canaries were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago and contain strata of volcanic soil that make for an excellent vine-growing environment. Depending on the elevation involved, anywhere between 1,300 and 2,400 feet are considered to have a Mediterranean climate, again an excellent milieu for vineyard growth and stabilization.
Each island has its own appellation while Tenerif enjoys the distinction of having five separate appellations that are called DO’s (Denominación de Origen). As an explanation, the Island of Tenerife has abundant microclimates, due partially to the altitude difference between Mount Teide and sea level. In a distance of about eight miles, there is a 25% slope running through portions of vineyards that offer a great number of environments favorable to planting differing varietals. Such conditions allow for multiple DO’s where sub-climates and differing soils produce remarkably different grapes and wines.
Of the areas that feature DO’s, Lanzarote Island and Tenerife Island produce the highest quality wines that are generally favored in the worldwide export market.
Tenefire’s wide assortment of wines are almost all exported and its vineyards are all located on rich volcanic soils. The aforementioned Pico del Tiede (Mount Tiede) is still considered an active volcano and its fertile slopes are perfect for quality grape growing. Red varietals include the Listán Negro (the most widespread grape in the Canary Islands, similar in many respects to the Gamay of France’s Beaujolaid Region), the Gegramoll, or Tinto Negro, Tintilla, Babosa and several others.