Tuesday, 03 March 2015 07:36

Gran Canaria Wines: Agala 1318 Altitud is Sex in a Bottle

Agala is one of the best Gran Canaria white wines Agala is one of the best Gran Canaria white wines
This Gran Canaria white wine is sex in a bottle. Don't leave the island without tracking it down and trying it.
 
We've said it before and here it is again: the best white wines from the Canaries (except Lanzarote) are from high-altitude vineyards. This is 14 euros of "we told you so", and it's worth every cent.

Agala 1318 Altitud has a floral nose with apricot and a touch of sweetness.  In the mouth, it is dry but rich with well-balanced acidity. You get intense fruit and flowers, and a floral finish with a little bitterness. As with all great Canarian wines the finish is long and intense.

It's the best Gran Canaria dry white we've ever tried. Sell your body if you have to but try this wine.

The Winery

The Agala winery is called Bodegas Bentayga. It's between Tejeda and Artenara and at up to 1318 metres above sea level it's one of the highest in Spain. The vines grow on small terraces on steep terrain and experience a vast range of temperatures. This area of Gran Canaria gets snow during cold winters and can reach over 40ºC during hot summers.

As with most Canarian wineries, Bentayga grows local grape varieties and hand picks the grapes: 1318 is made with a blend of Albillo and Vijariego.

Visits are possible but only from Monday to Friday, minimum six people and 72 hours notice. They cost 8 euros per person and include the chance to buy wine at bodega prices. Book here.

Agala 1318 is available in good wine shops and at the wine stall in the Santa Brigida weekend market.

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