In the Northern appellation of Ycoden Daute Isora on the island of Tenerife we find a native of La Guancha, ex-race car mechanic and firefighter, Borja Pérez González.
A talented, young vigneron, Borja has made it his mission to bottle his unique, volcanic terroir. In 2011 Borja took over the family winery from his father and uncle and now meticulously farms a little over 7 hectares of his own vineyards and 2 hectares of parcels rented from local farmers.
For Borja, the four main features of the vineyards in Tenerife are their volcanic soils, Atlantic climate, Alysian winds and original rootstocks.
Borja works with four traditional varieties: the scarce Marmajuelo Blanco, Baboso Negro, Listán Negro and Vijariego, all single vineyards with extremely low yields.
From La Vizcondesa Borja produces his Baboso Negro and Marmajuelo Blanco, planted in 1997. 1,5 HA with gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, 450 m elevation and clay and limestone soils.
From Buenavista Norte, 305 m elevation, Borja produces the ungrafted Listán Negro from 40-year-old vines, and clay loam soils.
From Casa Canales, planted in 2006, at 770 m elevation, and with sandy loam soils with thick pebbles, Borja produces his extremely rare Vijariego Negro.