Matias í Torres

Victoria Torres Pecis is now the sole owner and caretaker of her family’s centenarian winery in La Palma, Canary Islands. La Palma is in the northern part of the archipelago, further west into the Atlantic from the African continent. Like the other islands that form the archipelago, the soils are volcanic, the terrain rugged and uneven, and climactic conditions are extreme. Temperatures soar to volcanic heights, and the vineyards are constantly whipped by Atlantic winds.


Since her father’s death in 2015, Victoria (Vicky) has been working alone against the elements and the picón - the dark ashy sand that covers the soil - where most of her vines are grown. “I am like the Listán Blanco”, she says, “very resistant…” She has to be. Much of her work is that of restoration: first finding available vineyards and convincing growers to let her work their vines, and then rescuing dying plants and improving the general health of the plots. She farms organically, and the work is all manual.
Her quest for purity takes her from the vineyards she owns in Llanos Negros (a plot in the southwest side of the island planted with Malvasía Aromática, Sabro, and a bit of Negramoll) all the way to the northern side of the Island, in Tinizara, where the landscape changes radically with lush vegetation and incredible vistas, above the sea of clouds. Here she works vineyards at more than 1300 meters of altitude planted with Negramoll, a variety she mastered.  Another site, a bleak-looking old vineyard planted on picón called “Las Machuqueras”, on the southern slopes of the San Antonio volcano, gives her Negramoll, Diego (aka Bujariego aka Vijariego Blanco), and Listán Blanco. This plot has been with the family for generations, and due to her work it is (unofficially) recognized as the Islands most prized lieu-dit. . In total she works herself 4.7 hectares, with 2 of them in property, and the rest rented. There is some purchased fruit from growers she works with throughout the year.


Her bodega is in Fuencaliente, on the southern side. It was there that she first learned her craft by watching her father use an old lagar to press the native grapes and vinify his wines in chestnut barrels. Not much has changed since the early days.  The winery is small and contains a few stainless steel tanks and old French and American oak, as well as the chestnut barrels which are still in use.  All fermentation is done with native yeasts, and temperatures are not controlled. Her wines have a stunning purity and vibrancy, achieved through her patient, meticulous work.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB7902-16
Malvasía Aromatica
2016
Malvasia
From various plots and zones around the island. The wine is vinified dry in tank; about 2/3rds stay in 600L oak until bottling.
Spain Canary Islands

DB1880-16
Organic
Diego
2016
Diego
100% Diego, aka Vijariego,a variety originally from the south of Spain near Granada (where you can ocasionally find a few vineyards of... Read More
Spain Canary Islands

DB1771-16
Organic
Albillo Criollo
2016
Albillo
Not to be confused with the Albillo of central Spain, Albillo Criollo is a totally different variety; the similarity in their names is due... Read More
Spain Canary Islands

DB0571-16
Negramoll
2016
Negramoll
Negramoll is the local name for Tinta Negra, one of the workhorse grapes of Madeira; it is actually much more widely planted throughout the... Read More
Spain Canary Islands

DB1719-15
60 Dias
2015
Listán Blanco
90% Listán Blanco and 10% Albillo and Bujariego. This had an extended fermentation which wouldre start every time Vicky added fresh must to... Read More
Spain Canary Islands
DB1717-16 Listán Prieto
2016
Listán Blanco
From the same area as the northern plots where the Negramoll was sourced, at 1400 meters above sea level.  Very old vines.  Aged for 9... Read More
Spain Canary Islands

DB1718-16
Las Migas
2016
Listán Blanco
Listán Blanco. This wine can be described as a synthesis of all the plots Victoria works on; most of them have Listán Blanco in their... Read More
Spain Canary Islands

DB5516-16
Clarete
2016
Negramoll
Field blend of red and white varietals vinified together, with Negramoll, Listán Blanco, and Albillo Criolo.
Spain Canary Islands

DB1720-15
Sin Titulo
2015
Listán Blanco
Listán Blanco. This is also sourced from different plots situated in different altitudes. The first grapes to be picked were harvested in... Read More
Spain Canary Islands
DB7902-13
94 WA, 93 VM
Malvasía Dulce
2011
Malvasia
Only 250 cases made of this beautiful and traditionally made sweet Malvasía. Harvested late (in October or November), fermented naturally... Read More
Spain Canary Islands