Viñátigo Listán Blanco de Canarias 2020
  • White Wine
  • Listán Blanco
  • Sustainable, Vegan-Friendly, Volcanic
  • Dry
  • Light Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 12.5% alc./vol

Viñátigo Listán Blanco de Canarias 2020

Canary Islands, Spain
Regular price $27.95per bottle ($335.40per case)
12 bottles per case
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Crisp & Salty

Juan Jesús, who is a 4th generation winemaker, founded Viñátigo in 1990 and has worked tirelessly since then identifying, recuperating the native grapes of the Canary Islands. The grape Listán Blanco de Canarias was brought to the Canary Islands in the 18th century by the Andalusian conquers. Viñátigo cultivates it in the high-lands that sit at 500 meters of altitude.

The vines are trained in ‘parrales’, a training method inherited by the Portuguese community that settled on the northern part of the island back in the 15th century. These vertical structures adapt to the hills and ravines created by the last eruptions of Teide volcano towards the north of the island. This wine is very fresh and has a vibrant acidity. On the nose, it has fragrant aromas of fennel, dried fruits and fig tree leaves; as well as a distinct mineral quality that is a result of the volcanic soils.

This crisp white calls for grilled fish, potatoes and 'mojo verde', a typical sauce from the Islands made of garlic, cilantro and olive oil.

About the Winery

Viñátigo

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).

Press Reviews

Wine Align

93 points - David Lawrason

Here's a bracing yet rich wine from the volcanic Canary Islands. You can smell and taste the combo of salts and mineral here, a very different experience but so much more enjoyable than poorly sulphured wines. There is a beam of tension and character that fits and carries what is otherwise a quite rich wine. There is something like kiwi on the nose as well, plus fresh herbs/evergreen. It is medium weight, fleshy yet firm and intense with excellent length. Tasted January 2021.

92 points - Michael Godel

A reminder of the story about listán blanco, a important grape variety brought to the Canary Islands in the 18th century by Andalusian conquerers. Suited so ideally to volcanic terroir and at 500m the verticality of “parrales” training is all about adaptation to braes over gullies. Always a white wine of confluent, inferential and influential aromatic meets mineral hyperbole. The 2020 takes over just where 2019 left off (literally speaking because I tasted the last one no less than six weeks ago). So fresh like a bite from an icicle cracker (were there such a thing) and like a mouthful of basil chiffonade. Actually, the presence of the sweet Genovese herb is uncanny but this special white wine takes it so much further. Can you imagine a mouthful of basaltic terroir. Of course you can. That and the label’s Pie Franco reference, “ungrafted rootstock often employed to designate wines made from ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines.” Mix that with volcanic terroir and fantasize about the rest. Drink 2021-2025. Tasted January 2021.

91 points - John Szabo, MS

2020 marks a terrific vintage for Viñátigo's own-rooted listán blanco, vinified and aged in stainless, from the north side of Tenerife. There's a marked reductive, sulfhydric character in the best sense, where grapefruit meets smoke, onion skin meets lemon zest. The palate is distinctly saline, either from the volcanic soils, or the salt-laden Alisios winds from the North Atlantic, or both. Whatever the case, this is compelling, dense and quite concentrated white wine, with marked freshness and individual character. Lovely stuff. Tasted January 2021.