"But I faith, you have drunk too much canaries and that´s a marvellous searching wine, and it perfumes the blood ere one can say: What´s this?"
Henry IV part II
Tenerife has been reputed for the quality of its wine for hundreds of years, since the conquest of the islands, and growing wines is an important sector of the economy. Their finest wine was called Malmsey, which could be found in the cellars of all the European Royal Houses, along with Sack and Canary.
Now, many years later, the wines of Tenerife are regaining their own personality and are becoming the ideal drink to accompany island dishes. Nowadays, Tenerife produces excellent red, white and rosé wines, all produced under 5 different ‘denomination d’origen’ that cover the different growing areas.
• Tacoronte-Acentejo Wine , Tenerife
• Valle de Orotava Wine, Tenerife
• Ycoden-Daute-Isora Wine, Tenerife
• Abona Wine, Tenerife
• Valle de Güímar Wine, Tenerife
But that which most doth take my muse and me,
Is a pure cup of rich Canary wine,
Which is the mermaid’s now, but shall be mine.
Ben Jonson (1573-1637)