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El Hierro and its wines and artisan beers


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
A Day at the Canaribbean In Gran Canaria
Hermigua, the beautiful tropical valley of La Gomera with a Gofio Museum
How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés
La Gomera’s longest beach in the Valley of the great king – Valle Gran Rey
The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
Calle Cano: A Las Palmas Street Where Old And New Blend Together
Three places off the usual tourist track in Tenerife
La Gomera one of the most gorgeous island for hikers, ramblers and casual afternoon walkers
Poema del mar, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
An ascent of Bejenado
Four best places to visit in Fuerteventura
Up The Monte: Exploring Gran Canaria's Wine Country
5 Excellent Experiences to Try When You Visit Tenerife
Exploring the Barranco de las Angustias
4 best places to visit in La Gomera, by a Canary Island resident
A lovely walk from Mirador de Jinama to The bell tower Joapira
Walk the beautiful arid landscapes of Fuerteventura – Betancuria
In Gran Canaria And Sick of Sand? Head To The Parque Sur For A Siesta
Keep cool with a craft beer tour in Lanzarote
A walk from Arenas Blancas to Verodal (Local walk reference SL-EH2)
Tijarafe: touring La Palma's sunny northwest
Eco-friendly relaxation in the north of Lanzarote
Life’s A Beach At San Sebastian de La Gomera
5 Brilliant Things You Should See and Do in Santa Cruz
La Restinga and the Marine Nature reserve of Mar de Las Calmas
Guiniguada Walk
3 wonderful water experiences to try on holiday in Lanzarote
8 reasons why you must visit the Cactus Garden in Lanzarote
The grand array of Markets of Fuerteventura: which Market to visit?
A day-trip to Puntallana Hiking, history, and La Palma's most famous beach
“Say cheese” and El Hierro’s cheeses give you plenty to smile about.
From Los Sauces to Barlovento Hiking through La Palma's natural and cultural landscapes
Things to do and see in San Andrés
Fuerteventura Salt Museum and the little hidden beach!
5 of the most beautiful natural areas in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
A Classic Drive Through La Gomera's Green Heart
Restaurante La Montaña - Casa Efigenia
El Hierro and its wines and artisan beers
A Day With The Fish At Arguineguin’s La Lajilla Natural Pool
Barlovento - contrasting landscapes in La Palma's verdant northeast
Cheese! Welcome to Fuerteventura and the Museum de Queso
El Hierro’s agricultural show “La Apañada”
Las Playitas, the secret village of Fuerteventura
Lanzarote wine: a story of tradition, history and passion
Learn to sail in the Lanzarote sunshine
Cubo de La Galga, Hiking through La Palma's subtropical jungle
A walk up the old mule trail from Puerto de La Estaca To Valverde
Tenerife, The big adventure of Teide
North Gran Canaria's Horcón Coast: Rugged Nature and Stunning Pools
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29 Apr 2019

For a small Island there is certainly plenty for anyone interested in viticulture.
I personally do not pretend to be knowledgeable about the types of grapes and different wines. In fact I am not a great wine drinker. I have always preferred beer!
In summer on a hot evening I may indulge in a vino de verano which is a mix of red wine and lemonade or soda water served on many occasions in pint glasses with lots of ice. It’s a very refreshing tipple.

Wine tasting event, El Hierro, Canary Island

Maybe I should start at the beginning of wine growing on El Hierro. It all started back in the 16th Century during the English Renaissance and El Hierro can thank 2 Englishmen called Thomas Nichols and his friend John Hill for first introducing vines to the Island.  It has built up from these humble beginings.

In one of the local supermarkets the other day I found 13 different bottles of wines all made on the Island. I got strange looks with my shopping basket full. (A big thankyou to Terencio’s for allowing me to photograph them without having to buy them all)

Selection of El Hierro wines for sale in the local supermarket, Canary Island

This though is not all of them. I know of at least 26 different varieties from all over the Island, and these are just the Bodegas that actually bottle their wine. (I apologise if there are more I’ve missed)

There are three main growing areas on the Island. El Pinar, La Frontera and Echedo, which falls within the district of Valverde.

Each district has its own distinct growing conditions, allowing different varieties of grapes to be grown.

El Pinar

In this district you can find wine on sale from 5 different Bodegas. Though, one of them, no longer produces wine.

Bodega Acenci
I have only ever seen a red wine from them, which over the years has been awarded many prizes for the best young red wines.

Bodega Padron
A family run business selling red wines and Rose wines

Elysar
A wine which is readily available on the Island. They seem to seem a white wine, a red wines and a red baboso wine.

Los Lomos
This is one of the vineyards I have visited on the Island, the last time being on a large annual walking excursion. They produce a white and red wine along with a specialised red baboso wine.


Wine and food tasting at Bodega Los Lomos, El Pinar, El Hierro, Canary Island

Bodega Tanajara
This is the Bodega that no longer seems to be producing wine. There 2011 bottles are available in many places with either a blue or pink cap. The strongest of the two being made from the beboso negro grape at 14.5% volume and the other, made from the vijariego negro grape at 14% volume. This wine has always been one of the more expensive wines from the Island

Bottles of 2011 Tanajara wines, El Hierro, Canary Island

Valverde

In this district there only seems to be just the 1 bodega selling wines:

El Tesoro
I can find three varieties from the Bodega. A semi sweet white wine, a dry white wine, and a semi sweet Rose wine.


A popular drink in many of the local bars and restaurants.

La Frontera

This valley seems to produce the widest selection of wines on the Island. And is the area most associated with wine growing

Again there are quite a few small Bodegas selling just one type of wine. This includes:-

Valle Naos
They just produce a white wine.

Bodega H M Las Vetas (La Bodega de Maruca y Herminio)
This bodega in Sabinosa produces just one wine which has won numerous awards in recent wine tasting events throughout the Canary Islands and beyond.  Again this wine is a little pricier than some of the others and of limited supply.  Well worth a try though

Bodega Uwe an ecological vineyard

Nocturnal wine tasting event at the ecological vineyard Uwe, El Hierro, Canary Island

Uwe’s Bodega is completely different to most of the others I have ever visited. The main reason being he runs it all ecologically. Yes the vines and the grapes look no different to any other vineyard. They are all in the rows on the hillside to take advantage of the afternoon sun. It is only when you go behind the scenes, as I had the privilege of doing one night that you see things are different. There are no oak barrels in the Bodega. Just tall shining stainless steel tanks line the walls, all clamped tightly shut with hydrometers on the front.  All in complete contrast the normal dusty barrels you would expect to see in the cobweb ridden cellars.

He produces both a white (blanco) and a red (tinto) wine. Both very nice, with a slice of local cheese and bread. (I would have liked to drink more, but I had to drive home L)

Lastly we have the Cooperativa Frontera

This is the main collection point for many of the wine growers who don’t produce sufficient stock to make bottling it worth their while. These are the wines most people realise are from the Island.
When I first came to the Island I remember there being only 3, a dry white, a semi sweet white and a red wine. In those days the comments were not always favourable.

I have to say though that things have moved along in the last 25 years and now they produce many prize winning wines. I can now find 8 different wines of varying prices from them.

The white wines include the original dry white wine (Blanco Seco) and of course the white fruity semi sweet wine (Blanco afrutado) which is a favourite of many and usually sells out the quickest each year. 
They also do a sweet wine called Vino Gran Salmor. I find this a little too sweet, but it is great with desserts. 

They do a Rose wine called Vino Frontero Rosado.

I can now find a choice of 4 different red wines. These being:

Tinto Tradicional (the traditional red wine)

Tinto dulce (a sweet red wine)

Varietales Tinto

Babosa Tinto. There seems to be a wine from them to suit all tastes.

And what about the beer I hear you ask. Do not panic, we now have our very own micro-brewery on the island in La Frontera.

 Stand for Kuf Kuf beer at a local tapas function, El Hierro, Canary Island

Kuf Kuf Cerveza Artesanal

They are just a very small unit and do not produce an excessive amount of beer, but what they do is very palatable and Moorish.

They produce three beers at the moment.

Kuf Kuf with a red cap or red logo, Kuf Kuf with a blue cap or blue logo, which they say is the most difficult to obtain and lastly Doña Pasión

There is a roasted flavour to these beers. At the moment you can only buy it in bottles and in just a few of the local bars on the Island, La Casa Abajo sport & coffee, Casa Pucho Don Din 2 and Canary Burger.

The recipe is a big secret, but long may it last.

For those of you keen to learn more and take a wine tasting tour you might be interested to know that these are available through D O El Hierro at their offices at Casa del Aguardiente in La Frontera.

There are two options, a wine tasting only, or a wine tasting and tapas. Both last about 2 hours. Minimum number of persons per chat is 10, with a maximum group of 30. For more information contact: -

doelhierro@hotmail.com

Cheers everyone.

Is it wine o’clock or beer o’clock?, El Hierro, Canary Island

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
A Day at the Canaribbean In Gran Canaria
Hermigua, the beautiful tropical valley of La Gomera with a Gofio Museum
How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés
La Gomera’s longest beach in the Valley of the great king – Valle Gran Rey
The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
Calle Cano: A Las Palmas Street Where Old And New Blend Together
Three places off the usual tourist track in Tenerife
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Poema del mar, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
An ascent of Bejenado
Four best places to visit in Fuerteventura
Up The Monte: Exploring Gran Canaria's Wine Country
5 Excellent Experiences to Try When You Visit Tenerife
Exploring the Barranco de las Angustias
4 best places to visit in La Gomera, by a Canary Island resident
A lovely walk from Mirador de Jinama to The bell tower Joapira
Walk the beautiful arid landscapes of Fuerteventura – Betancuria
In Gran Canaria And Sick of Sand? Head To The Parque Sur For A Siesta
Keep cool with a craft beer tour in Lanzarote
A walk from Arenas Blancas to Verodal (Local walk reference SL-EH2)
Tijarafe: touring La Palma's sunny northwest
Eco-friendly relaxation in the north of Lanzarote
Life’s A Beach At San Sebastian de La Gomera
5 Brilliant Things You Should See and Do in Santa Cruz
La Restinga and the Marine Nature reserve of Mar de Las Calmas
Guiniguada Walk
3 wonderful water experiences to try on holiday in Lanzarote
8 reasons why you must visit the Cactus Garden in Lanzarote
The grand array of Markets of Fuerteventura: which Market to visit?
A day-trip to Puntallana Hiking, history, and La Palma's most famous beach
“Say cheese” and El Hierro’s cheeses give you plenty to smile about.
From Los Sauces to Barlovento Hiking through La Palma's natural and cultural landscapes
Things to do and see in San Andrés
Fuerteventura Salt Museum and the little hidden beach!
5 of the most beautiful natural areas in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
A Classic Drive Through La Gomera's Green Heart
Restaurante La Montaña - Casa Efigenia
El Hierro and its wines and artisan beers
A Day With The Fish At Arguineguin’s La Lajilla Natural Pool
Barlovento - contrasting landscapes in La Palma's verdant northeast
Cheese! Welcome to Fuerteventura and the Museum de Queso
El Hierro’s agricultural show “La Apañada”
Las Playitas, the secret village of Fuerteventura
Lanzarote wine: a story of tradition, history and passion
Learn to sail in the Lanzarote sunshine
Cubo de La Galga, Hiking through La Palma's subtropical jungle
A walk up the old mule trail from Puerto de La Estaca To Valverde
Tenerife, The big adventure of Teide
North Gran Canaria's Horcón Coast: Rugged Nature and Stunning Pools
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