Dolores Cabrera Fernández
Dolores Cabrera Fernández is a longtime farmer working in the Valle de la Orotava in northern Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Wine-growing here dates back to the Spanish conquest of the 15th century, and it is the oldest of the five appellations on the island. Dolores' vineyards have always been worked organically, with a portion of the parcels being certified organic. After selling her grapes to larger producers for many years, Dolores started making and bottling her own wine in 2013. The product of her efforts is "La Araucaria", a singular and natural approach to the Listan Negro grape, the predominant grape of her region. It is sourced from 100+ year-old vines on the slopes of Mount Teide planted using the unique 'cordón trenzado' (braided cord) method. The grapes are hand harvested and 100% destemmed, with primary fermentation in steel tank followed by aging in old Burgundy barrels for 10 months. Bottled without fining or filtration and very little SO2 added, this is a pure expression of the volcanic Canary terruño.