The diverse existing altitude contrasts in Tenerife allows growing grape plants in the lower areas and coast up to the middle and mountaintops, between 50 and 1.700 m. of altitude.
The high viticulture is becoming more significant to elaborate better quality wines.
In the Tenerife viticulture, plants are cultivated at out of common altitudes, finding grape plants above 1.000 m. of altitude, with the importance that this means for the elaboration of quality wines.
The main benefit that the high altitude viticulture provides is a certain refreshing effect that increases the acidity level thanks to the thermal oscillations between day and night. Under these conditions the ripening in the night freshness takes place very slowly, improving the accumulation of the aromatic taste and flavour, developing an increase of aroma and taste in the fruit itself.
During the day, and due to the sunshine, the radiations are more intense and help to realize the photosynthesis, which increases the colouring of the grapes and reaches the proper alcoholic graduation, achieving colour, good acidity level and aroma of the wine.
The viticulture in Tenerife at higher than 1.500m. is usual, and because it is viticulture of rigorous dryness, the altitude is the main quality factor in the elaboration of fresh, alive and intense aromatic wines.
In its viticulture it is the outstanding the different altitudes that little places have, where the historic wine yards of exotic and old wine yards have survived thanks to the insularity. The altitude seems to affect the life of wine, once it is bottled. Wines that are kept in high altitudes are generally more elegant and soft, and in case of red wines they seem to be smoother.
The viticulture in the Canaries is a guaranty of high quality wines.
The highest viticulture area in Tenerife is about 1.700 m. above the sea level.
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