Authentic Wine & Cheese Tasting

Highlights

  • Guided tour of the historic Monje family winery - learning about their authentic methods and techniques
  • Wine and cheese tasting of some of the finest, traditional products produced at the winery
£27 pp
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What you'll do

Since 1750, the Monje family have been producing wine and now, the fifth generation are at the helm. And it's this expansive history you'll learn about on this authentic wine tour. Here, the family will share with you the historic traditions of the winery, through a guided tour and tasting of some world-class wine and cheese.

After the guided tour of the winery you’ll take part in a tasting. Here’s what you’ll try:

A glass of Dragoblanco (young white wine) accompanied by a fresh white goats cheese from Tenerife.

A glass of Hollera (red wine produced using carbonic maceration) accompanied by smoked goats cheese from La Palma.

A glass of MonjeTradicional (young red wine) accompanied by a semi-cured peppery goats cheese from Fuerteventura.

A glass of Listán Negro (Red, aged in the barrel) accompanied by cured goats and sheep milk cheese from Gran Canaria.

This tour starts at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 4pm daily. Please specify which start time you require when booking.

What's included

Included

  • Expert guided tour of the winery with wine and cheese tasting (can be completed in Spanish and English)
Your local host

Felipe

The sounds and smells of the winery have been part of my life ever since I was a child. The grape harvest, the juice-infused air, racking, the barrels, the wines, the ploughed ground and vine pruning are part of that atmosphere of wine that has always dominated the everyday language spoken at home.

It was my father; Miguel Monje, who taught me to love the land, its vines, its wines and its people; just as he learnt from his forefathers, Agustina Monje, Sebastián Monje Ocampos, Miguel Monje García, Isabel Monje. Their winemaker’s passion has been passed down through the generations ever since 1750.

It is now my turn today to uphold the family tradition. I am the fifth generation of Monjes whose vocation lies in the fascinating world of wine.

Every single bottle we produce is the living proof of our family’s hard work and the spirit that guides us.

Our experiences are so special because of our wine, our vines and our surroundings. The use of volcanic soil and traditional grape varieties is reflected in the unique, fresh taste of our wines. We mostly produce red wines, which possess an original personality making them quite difficult to classify at times. Our wines are all bursting with life and possess an attractive colour with fresh, full and fruity aromas.

Our wines truly reflect the area in which they are produced. All of our wine varieties are part of a limited production of wine that is bottled and individually numbered under the “Denominación de Origen Tacoronte-Acentejo”.

Producing 1,500 vines per hectare with an average age of 50, our vines grow along the ground for eight months before being raised up onto wooden stakes that support them until the grapes are picked. We grow Listán Negro, Listán Blanco and Negramoll, three varieties of grapes that give our wines their original characteristics. We also experiment with a great many other pre-phylloxera varieties bequeathed to us by our forbearers.

The landscape surrounding the winery is a delight to behold: vineyards, mountains, the sea and the sun. It is a perfect spot to live and nurture our wines. Built by my father back in 1956, the winery was modernised in 1983 but still holds the original oak barrels where the traditional red wine is left to ferment and mature. It is here that we combine age-old practices with modern-day technology.

The winery accommodates our grape harvesting requirements with a capacity of 160,000 litres. Our dedicated ten-person team, works tirelessly to maintain the guiding principles and the loving care that this vocation so deservedly demands.

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Location

Well pleased. Worth the visit. In fact I visited twice. My second was off the cuff after visiting the Botanical gardens(also worth a visit), being not that far away.

Graham

Great tour with very friendly staff. Wine tasting was amazing, and was paired with delicious cheeses. Bought 2 bottles of the wine to bring home.

Joey

We enjoyed a short trip around the winery learning about the whole process from planting the vines to harvesting and making the wine. Once the tour had finished we enjoyed 4 of the wines from the winery with canary cheese. It’s not too far from Puerto De La Cruz and well worth a visit.

Jennifer

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