- White Wine
- Listán Blanco
- Sustainable, Vegan-Friendly, Volcanic
- Light Bodied
- 12.5% alc./vol
About the Winery
Juan Jesús is a proud native of Tenerife and the fourth generation of growers. During the thirty years that he's overseen Bodegas Viñátigo, he has considerably increased its holdings, planting varieties that he and his team recuperated from near extinction.
Driven by passion and love for his homeland, Juan decided to revive and work to save the native grape varieties that were brought to the Canary Islands by the conquers back in the 15th century and that had survived on the islands for centuries. He is a hero of contemporary Canarian viticulture. The wealth of knowledge that his work has created has helped underpin the significant expansion of wine styles that are now available throughout the archipelago, and his wines have achieved a calibre of class that many doubted the Canaries would ever produce again. (The Epic Wines of the Canary Islands, written by Santo Bains).
92 points - John Szabo
From ancient, pergola-trained, own-rooted vines, described on the label as pre-phylloxera (though phylloxera has never arrived in the Canary Islands), this is explosive, aromatic listán blanco, aka palomino, among the most intriguing and flavourful that I have tried. It's an essence of liquid stone, smoky and sulfide-tinged, with essential oil of resinous herbs, lemon thyme and rosemary, shifting slowly into tropical fruit, pineapple, and so much more. The palate is broad, fresh, sharp but not angular, with no wood detected, though also intensely flavoured, with terrific length, highly volcanic. Terrific wine, and a steal at the price in my view. Tasted December 2020.
91 points - Michael Godel
The quick refresher on the grape listán blanco reminds us that it was brought to the Canary Islands in the 18th century by Andalusian conquerers. Viñátigo cultivates on volcanic terroir at 500m with vines trained in “parrales,” a vertical method for adaptation to hillsides over ravines inherited by the Portuguese that settled on the northern part of the island back in the 15th century. Imagine alvarinho and albariño styles merging in hyperbole or a doubling down upon themselves so that crisp freshness and also sweet herbals are magnified in the greatest of ways. So unique and layered, sumptuous and satisfying. Drink 2020-2024. Tasted December 2020.
90 points - David Lawrason
From the volcanic soils of the Canary Islands, there is distinct smoky/sulphuric cast to the nose of this nervy, dry white - I think from the volcanic soils. It is mineral to its core. Fruit descriptors are elusive other than grapefruit perhaps. But there is peppery spice, and salinity. It is medium weight, firm and dry but not the least austere. The length is excellent. Tasted December 2020