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Valle de la Orotava

DO area on the Spanish island of Tenerife; see below Canary Islands,

The too Spain counting archipelago Canary Islands (Spanish Canarias) with about 7,500 km² is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa. That is 1,100 km from mainland Spain, but the easternmost island of Lanzarote is only 100 km from Africa ( Morocco ) away. When the Romans in the antiquity When they landed on the island of Fuerteventura, they found numerous packs of wild dogs, which is why they called the island "Insula Canaria" (dog island). In 1402 a Spanish ship landed on Gran Canaria and found the indigenous people of the Guanches there, this people lived as in the Stone Age. The Spaniards and Portgiesen brought their native grape varieties with them until the end of this century and founded winegrowing. At that time, sweet, alcohol-heavy wines were popular, which were made from the white varieties Moscatel and Malvasia. The wine was called "Canary- bag “Inscribed and in large quantities England and exported to Northern Europe. At the time of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) the island wine was already famous, in "What you want" Sir Toby Belch asked for "a cup of canary".

The seven main islands are Fuerteventura, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, El Hierro, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife; viticulture is practiced on all of them. These are volcanic islands, the last eruption occurred on La Palma in 1971. For this reason, there is volcanic soil that is ideally suited for viticulture. The subtropical and pleasant all year round climate has earned the archipelago the nickname "Islands of Eternal Spring". The flora is characterized by a high biodiversity and a high proportion autochthonous Plant species. The vineyards cover around 9,000 hectares of vineyards. They are a special feature ungrafted Vines since the archipelago of the...

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