La Guancha (Canary Islands)

La Guancha (Canary Islands)

Max. Summer temp. : 35ºC
Min. Winter temp.: 15ºC
Average rainfall: 540  mm annually
Average sunshine: 3,500 hours annually

Islas Canarias DO

This DO covers all the territory of the Canary Islands that have now more than 80 identified varieties of vines and preserve an extraordinary vine heritage, principally endemic.

It is one of the 4 world regions completely exempt from the phylloxera plague. The reason for this immunity is unknown, but this insect has never been detected in any of the Islands. As a consequence, the whole vineyard isungrafted, enabling a plant-soil total interaction, what may explain the strong mineralization of the Canary Islands wines.

The PDO Canary Islands allows, mainly, to consolidate the regional market and tackle, assertively, the international commercialization. It shall be the “common brand” to showcase the Canary wine on foreign markets. The registration in the PDO is voluntary and can coexist with the present Designations of Origin. These can also join the PDO, keeping their specificities as a subarea. They may be also compatible with the future unification of the present PDOs in Tenerife. The PDO Canary Islands started its own activity in the 2012 harvest, when an amount of 600,000 kilos were qualified, with 130 grapewine growers, 20 wineries and a vineyard surface of 220 hectares.

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Islas Canarias
C/La Palmita 10
38440 La Guancha
Tel.: 922 130 246

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Islas Canarias PDO

Area under vine
500 ha.
Altitude of vineyards
50 - 1,500 m.
Soil types
Soils vary much from one island to another and within the same island. They can be very little evolved ones, mainly formed by volcanic lapilli, but also more clayey soils or even of more chalky natures.
Principal grapes (w)
Sabro, Bermejuela, Forastera Blanca, Doradilla, Gual, Moscatel de Alejandría, Verdello, Vijariego, Bastardo Blanco, Breva, Burrablanca, Pedro Ximénez, Torrontés, Malvasía Aromática, Malvasía Volcánica and Listán Blanco.
Principal grapes (r)
Pinot Noir, Ruby Cabernet, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasía Rosada, Moscatel Negro, Merlot, Tempranillo, Listán Prieto, Listán Negro, Tintilla, Castellana Negra, Negramoll, Vijariego and Bastardo Tinto.
Maximum crop
10,000 kg/ha
Production 2013
7,850 hl
Production 2014
7,200 hl
Production 2015
8,550 hl