Wine

Wine

Gran Canaria and Canary Islands wines may cost a couple of euros a bottle more than imported plonk but are well worthwhile. You also get to feel good by supporting local agriculture from your balcony.

All the reviews posted here are for the bst Canarian wines that we've tried. Every wine we try is reviewed in our Canary Islands Wine Facebook group.

 

Canary Islands wine producers have recently warned about a marketing trick used to sell imported wine as local produce by using Canarian label designs and texts. Bottled in the Canary Islands A wine that is made from Spanish grapes and imported in bulk can be bottled in the Canary Islands…
The 2017 Señorío de Agüimes won best Gran Canaria White wine in 2018. The bottle comes with a gold medal sticker to prove it.
This classy Gran Canaria red, made from grapes grown in the hills just behind Maspalomas, is one of the best Canarian wines we've tasted.
Agala's Altitud 1175 red and the Señorío de Agüimes dry white won the best Gran Canaria wine gongs at the XI Cata Insular wine tasting event.
This superb dry Tenerife Malvasia was the wine we chose to toast the release of Tried & Tasted: The Guide to Canary Islands Wine. 
The wines of the Canary Islands, born of lava and sunshine and pressed from rare and ancient grapes, are a the highlights of the islands that most visitors miss out on. We want to change that, so here's the book that helps you understand and enjoy them.
This superb Tenerife white is a classic Canarian wine that everybody should try.
A Tenerife dry white that balances out volcanic minerals and tropical fruit flavours.
An original Tenerife white wine that benefits from time in Acacia wood barrels.
A lovely Gran Canaria tinto that makes you feel good about the future of Canarian red wine.
The history of Canarian wine goes all the way back to the Ancient Greeks, and vines from the Canary Islands were the first to be planted in the Americas and Lord Nelson learned to drink with his other hand using wine from Tenerife.
Gran Canaria wineries make excellent wines, but they are often hard to find if you stay in the resorts. 
The budget dry white from one of La Palma's top wineries, this is a fruity and drinkable wine perfect for a hot day.
This wine is like a 1980s Russian shotputter; Not because of its dubious origins, enormous legs or chemical content, but because it's won loads of international medals. 
An excellent dry white from the Monte area of Gran Canaria that is packed with tropical flavour.
A spectacular young red from Tacoronte Acentejo in Tenerife that is one of the best value Canarian wines on the market.
The Agala 1175 tinto altitud is from the bodega that makes the the spectacular 1318 white so you know it's going to be worth the 10 euro price.
A lovely, smooth Tenerife red made from negramoll, the last appreciated of all Canarian grape varieties.
The only La Gomera wine available in Gran Canaria and an opportunity to try a grape with a mysterious past and great potential.
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  • How To Choose A Legal Gran Canaria Airport Transfer
    How To Choose A Legal Gran Canaria Airport Transfer

    Gran Canaria's hotels have to be licensed and offer a quality level of service as well as having insurance and complying with fire regulations. The same goes for the boats that take people out to watch dolphins, the companies offering jeep safaris, and even the holiday let apartments. 

    However, not everybody in Gran Canaria follows the rules. For example, there is a significant industry running illegal and uninsured transfers between Gran Canaria airport and the island's resorts. These cars, driven by locals and foreign-residents, are just private vehicles and the drivers are unregulated and uninsured. They don't pay tax and there is no way to hold them responsible if something goes wrong. 

     At Gran Canaria Info we believe that all people and all companies offering services to tourists should legal and above board.

    So, how do you know that your airport transfer service is legal and registered with the Gran Canaria authorities?

     Using legal Gran Canaria airport transfers

    It is quite easy to know if your airport transfer service is operating in a legal way because all registered transfers have the following...

     A blue license plate: Taxis and other public service vehicles in Gran Canaria all have blue plates.

    A VTC sticker in the window: This stands for Vehículo de Transporte con Conductor, the official designation for licensed transfer drivers ans chauffeurs.

    An SP sticker on the car: This indicates that the car offer a Servicio Publico or public service and is therefore allowed to pick up and transfer members of the public. 

    Parked in the transport zone: Official airport transfer vehicles don't park in the public car park of the airport. Instead they have their own parking zone right by the arrivals gates at the airport (next to the taxis and package tour buses). Your transfer driver therefore should not have to pay a parking fee before leaving the aiport. 

    How to spot an unlicensed transfer service

    Unlicensed drivers get away with offerring their service because they claim that they are just members of the public picking up a friend. They are allowed to stand at arrivals with a sign (just like any member of the public can).

    However, they also have to park their car in the public car park and will walk you there with your luggage, stopping to pay the parking fee at the meter. A licensed transfer driver does not need to do this because they have their own parking zone right by arrivals.

    Some unlicensed drivers don't even wait at the arrival gate because the official drivers recognise them and get annoyed. Instead they have to stand further away (often by the Spar supermarket or the car rental desks). 

    When an unlicensed driver drops you at the airport they will not want to be paid in a public area because this proves that they are charging rather than "transporting a friend" for free. 

    An unlicensed car will not have a blue license plate, or a SP or VTC sticker, and will often look like a private car (because it is a private car). 

    What's the problem with unlicensed airport transfers?

    Some people use unlicensed cars because they are the cheapest option and don't realise that they are unlicensed. 

    There are several problems with unlicensed services. The most obvious is that they are uninsured so if something goes wrong or there is an accident, you are not protected. The price that unlicensed drivers offer is only low because they cut corners (hopefully not literally). You have no way of even knowing if your unlicensed driver has a Spanish driving license, insurance and a good driving record. Licensed drivers are vetted regularly and must be fully insured and licensed to work.

    Another problem is that unlicensed transfers undermine the legitimate transfer drivers and businesses in Gran Canaria. Local drivers make a living from transfers and offer a legal, regulated service with minimum standards. Every time an unlicensed service undercuts them, it is effectively stealing from local people and the island economy.

    We believe that everybody in Gran Canaria deserves better!

    Gran Canaria Airport Transfer Services

    To find out more about the Gran Canaria airport transfer, see our Gran Canaria airport transfer article which explains the three different models; man/woman from pub with car, online transfer websites, and local transfer services.

    Or you can book a legitimate Gran Canaria airport transfer at a great price right here. Our service uses local drivers and supprts the island economy because all the money you spend stays in Gran Canaria.

    Alex Says: Using our service also helps the Gran Canaria Info team to keep providing quality local information here and in our Facebook Group

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