Viñátigo

  • Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Juan Jesus is a proud native of Tenerife and the fourth generation of growers in the island. During the twenty-five years that he’s overseen Bodegas Viñátigo, he has considerably increased its holdings, planting varieties that he and his team recuperated. During these years he has also juggled the classes he teaches as a professor of viticulture and enology at the Ciclo Superior de Vitivinicultura. Juan Jesus and his wife Elena Batista – who has helped along the way, dealing in all aspects of production, from the vineyard to the cellar – have worked closely with Fernando Zamora from the famous Rovira I Virgili Universtiy in Tarragona, to study, catalog, preserve, and vinify imperiled indigenous grape varieties.

Varieties such as Baboso Negro and Vijariego Negro are known to us now by these names mainly because of the work of this duo who identified more than eighty different varieties in the Canary Islands. They recovered those varieties from the island of El Pinar and have since propagated them in Tenerife.

Now however, the new generation slowly started taking over, and his son Jorge Mendez, who studied viticulture in Madrid is in charge of the farming. While the work in the vineyard and winery has always been sustainable, now with Jorge all of Viñátigo’s holdings are farmed organically, and many are being treated biodynamically. Another addition to the team has been Juan Jesus’ daughter, Celia Mendez, who is in charge of marketing and other business aspects such as educational work and sales. The family works collaboratively, constantly exchanging ideas and viewpoints.

The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented using indigenous yeasts. Grapes go through two triages, first in the fields and then again in the winery. Minimal sulfur is used in the winery and no synthetic materials are used in the winemaking.

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB0101-19
Organic
Viñátigo Gual
2019
Gual
Also known as Bual when used in making Madeira, the Gual is cold-soaked then fermented at a very low temperature. Fermented in stainless... Read More
Spain

DB0101-20
Organic
Viñátigo Gual
2020
Gual
One hundred per cent Gual from Finca San Juan Degollado and Finca Mazapé. Ungrafted grapevines. Gual was the first of the near-extinct... Read More
Spain

DB0705-20
Organic
Viñátigo Listán Blanco
2020
Listán Blanco
One hundred per cent Listán Blanco (aka Palomino Fino) from ungrafted vines. These vines are pergola-trained and about one hundred years... Read More
Spain

DB1737-19
Organic
Viñátigo Marmajuelo
2019
Marmajuelo
100% Marmajuelo, fermented and aged on the lees in stainless steel. Jesus first discovered this little known variety on the island of... Read More
Spain

DB1737-20
Organic
Viñátigo Marmajuelo
2020
Marmajuelo
One hundred per cent Marmajuelo, fermented and aged on the lees in stainless steel. Jesus first discovered this little known variety on the... Read More
Spain

DB7855-19
Organic
VFTC:92
Viñátigo Vijariego Blanco
2019
Vijariego Blanco
One hundred per cent Vijariego Blanco from ungrafted grapevines. Vijariego Blanco is the most acidic variety from the Canary Islands. It... Read More
Spain

DB0098-19
Organic
Viñátigo Ancestrale Blanco
2019
Gual
One hundred per cent Gual, which Jesus vinifies as if they were red grapes (in the “ancestral” style). Macerated for three weeks on the... Read More
Spain

DB0096-19
Organic
VFTC:93
Viñátigo Listán Negro
2019
Listán Negro
One hundred per cent Listán Negro from ungrafted grapevines of more than 100 years old. Grown between 300 and 700 meters above sea level,... Read More
Spain

DB7853-18
Organic
Viñátigo Negramoll
2018
Negramoll
One hundred per cent Negramoll, macerated at low temperature before fermentation; aged six months in French oak barrels. This grape is... Read More
Spain