Benje Blanco is produced mainly from old Pie Franco Listan Blanco bush vines grown in multiple parcels at over a 1000m above sea level around the town of Santiago de Teide. Including a large portion from the Las Arenas area where vineyards were planted directly into the rubble of the last explosion of Pico Veijo in 1909. It’s fermented and aged in roughly 60% concrete and 40% old barriques, without batonnage. It's with Benje Blanco that the shift in vintage from 2017 is probably most noticeable, gone is the more continential-vibe, red apple skin has given way to the crunch of fresh granny-smith and there's the bite and saline tang of flor - unsurprisingly as around 60% of this wine grew flor during elevage.
Envinate, which literally translates as “wine yourself,” is the project of four passionate young winemakers: Roberto Santana, Jose Martinez, Laura Ramos and Alfonso Torrente. The four met while studying oenology in Alicante in 2005 and formed a collective based on a shared philosophy of wine and a desire to explore the ancient, Atlantic influenced terroirs of western Spain.
In 2008, the group bought their first vineyard in Ribera Sacra, then took control of vineyards on the north of Tenerife and then ba single patch of Tinta Amarela in Extremadura. Finally, in 2012, they began working a site in Almansa, planted with Garnacha Tintorera. In each place, the team care for old abandoned vineyards and move frequently around the country.
The 2016 vintages marks a huge change for the Envinate project in the Canary Islands. It’s the same band of friends and the same philosophy as the Envinate projects but from 2016 on the Canary Islands project has grown from focusing only on the village of Taganana in the North Eastern corner of the island to include two other distinct landscapes of Tenerife: Valle de la Orotava and Ycoden Daute Isora.