Canay Islands wine region. Efraín Pintos/©ICEX.
The Canary Islands archipelago is located off the north coast of Africa, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. This Autonomous Community includes seven main islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. The archipelago's capital is shared between Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The region has a surface area of 7,446.95 sq. kilometers (2,875.3 sq. miles).
The region produces wine protected by a total of eleven Designations of Origin: DO Abona, DO El Hierro, DO Gran Canaria, DO Islas Canarias, DO La Gomera, DO La Palma, DO Lanzarote, DO Tacoronte-Acentejo, DO Valle Güímar, DO Valle de la Orotava and DO Ycoden-Daute-Isora.
Some of the indigenous grape varieties grown in the Canary Islands are the following ones: Listán Negro, Negramoll, Tintilla (red grapes) and Malvasía, Listán Blanco and Albillo (whites) among others.