Canarian wines, different and delicous


Adeje workshop on the characteristics of Canarian wines


The world of wine returned to the Adeje Summer University this year with two workshops presenting and examining the particular characteristics of wines from the region, and why Canarian wines are becoming well known and liked outside the islands. Surprisingly, there is a still a notable percentage of the local population who reject their own wines, something workshops like these seeks to change.

The Thursday workshop was led by Juan García Socas, president of the main Gran Canarian Wine group and a professional taster, and Ricardo Aguasca Colomo, university professor from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. People were shown the background to professional tastings and were able to try various wines from all of the islands.


As García Socas explained, wine production is something very rooted in the local agriculture, gastronomy and economy. Canarian wines owe their special characteristics to the earth, the volcanic ground and the trade winds, making the wines unique. Add to the mix the grapes used here in the Canary Islands, and that it is a territory that has been free of the phylloxera plague that attacked European vines in the 19th century.

The experts also argued that they were not asking people to say Canarian wines are “better or worse” than others, simply to acknowledge that they are different, and with an ever-increasing number of fans here and beyond, wine drinkers in search of new flavours and aromas, who also appreciate wines made under quality controls.



Farmers Market adds a day



The Adeje Farmers Market will add a midweek opening from Wednesday April 1st. The opening hours on Wednesdays will be from 4pm – 8pm and during the first few weeks of the weekday opening the council will be running a number of parallel activities to increase awareness of the additional day. The Adeje Farmers Market first opened its doors to the public six years ago and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 1.30pm.

The councillor with responsibility for the Market, Esther Rivero Vargas, has said “the success of this borough service has been noted from the start. On any given weekend we can expect up to 2,500 shoppers. A few months ago we carried out a survey among shoppers and included a question regarding a possible mid-week opening. The response was overwhelmingly in favour. So the next challenge was to find a day among the different farmers/stall holders that suited them, and that would give them time to have ample produce to sell to the public.”

This request from the public to open one extra day a week also came from those in the service trade and buying their produce in the Farmers Market on a weekly basis… “restaurants and bars who have chosen this market to buy here on a regular basis given the quality of the produce on offer”, added the councillor.

During the six years of its existence the market has added and diversified the products on offer, and today, alongside the fresh local fruit and vegetables on sale, customers can find a range of items requested by the many different communities resident in Adeje, including Hindu, Chinese and Muslim. The market also sells local wines, cheeses, eggs, ecological produce, flowers, cakes, breads and biscuits and some meat products.


Parallel activities
For a month, every Wednesday, the Farmers Market will offer parallel activities connected to the world of gastronomy and produce. These will include courses in fruit and vegetable carving, a workshop for celiacs, a dessert course, making cup cakes, wine, cheese and honey sampling, flower arranging, etc. Details of each course will be published in the Adeje council media in advance.

The addition of this day to the market agenda was approved in the last council meeting with a modification of the council regulatory order. This has happened alongside increased transparency for those who wish to sell goods at the market, registration, and authorisation. The council are also putting in place an improved inspection service and farm visits to authorised suppliers to the market. They are also working to ensure that the transportation and sales processes are in line with borough and environmental regulations which encourage good practice and reduce reliance upon non-renewable energy sources.