Suertes del Marqués wine producer
Suertes del Marqués
Established in 2006, Suertes del Marques is the joint project of owner Jonatan Garcia Lima, whose family have farmed land and owned vineyards here for generations, and winemaker Roberto Santana. Roberto made his name as winemaker for Casa Castillo in the Jumilla region of mainland Spain before returning to the island of his birth.
The company may be new, but most of the vineyards are ancient. They form a patchwork of now-contiguous plots that have taken Jonatan’s family a quarter of a century to acquire. Suertes means plots, and many of them are over a century old. These ancient vines are trained in the cordon trenzano system unique to the island, with the branches tightly braided and staked horizontally close to the ground.
The main varieties planted are the indigenous Listán Negro and the unrelated Listán Blanco, which is the same grape as the Palomino used to make sherry. There are smaller plantings of other local varieties like Babosa Negra and Tintilla, and the white Albillo Criollo.
No chemicals are used in the vineyards, which are unirrigated and worked entirely by hand. Fermentation is performed only with the natural yeasts from the grape skins, and sulphur dioxide use is kept to a minimum. Roberto strives to produce natural wines that reflect their terroir rather than the winemaking.
Recent glowing reviews from the international wine press have allowed them to expand, and they now work an additional 15 hectares of vineyards owned by their neighbours in addition to their own 11 hectares. Yields from these old vines are so low that their production remains firmly in boutique territory.
Decanting Club wines made by: Suertes del Marqués
From Tenerife, Spain
Suertes del Marqués, 7 Fuentes
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