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Vinicola Taro (Pablo Matallana) Frias Lanzarote Canary Islands 2019

Orange Wine from Canary Islands, Spain
by Vinicola Taro (Pablo Matallana)

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Old-vine Listan Blanco with a tantalizing texture and a depth of savory, non-fruit flavors.
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Vinicola Taro (Pablo Matallana)

Pablo Matallana is a young, forward-thinking winemaker based on the Canary island of Tenerife. Through organic viticulture and thoughtful winemaking, Pablo seeks to showcase different grape varieties and the unique terroir of the Canaries. He made his first wine in 2015 from a recuperated old vineyard in Tenerife. In 2018, he bottled his first wines from neighboring Lanzarote under the name Vinícola Taro. Taro is named for the small stone structures within vineyards where growers take shade and shelter.

Lanzarote is the closest to Africa of the seven island chain and dramatically more arid. The majority of vineyards Pablo is working with are in the central part of Lanzarote, near Timanfaya National Park. The island sees only 18 days of rain per year on average, with a total of about 6 inches, making grape cultivation very difficult. Coupled with the intensely hot and dry trade winds known as the Calimas, vines are typically planted in hoyos (walled holes) or zanjas (trenches) dug in the ground for protection. Due to a period of major volcanic activity in the 1700s, vines must grow through one meter of volcanic ash (locally known as picón) to reach water in the underlying clay.


  • Grape Variety

    Listan Blanco

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Earthy , Funky , Spicy

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Medium Bodied