La Palma Wine Reviews and Ratings Guide
It is believed that in 1505 the first vines were planted on the island of La Palma, brought ashore through conquerors. Since the early sixteenth century the quality of La Palma´s wine, especially Malvasia, was known throughout Europe and present at all European courts. Shakespear refered to it as "that enlivens the senses and perfumes the blood".
This just fame and the privileged location of the island as a stopover for the main trade routes of the time led to a flourishing wine trade, becoming the main source of wealth of the entire archipelago. In 1848 the Canary wine suffered a serious setback and rapid decline, triggered through the attack of powdery mildew.
It was not until 1994 that the wine trade started to reemerge on the island and has since made phenomenal advances. Amongst the current strains being farmed are Albillo, Almuñecar, Bujariego, Gual, White Listán, Malmsey, Black Malvasia, Negramoll, Horning, Tintilla and Verdelho.
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