Abona (DO)

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Abona DO in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the region of Canary Islands, Spain

Abona is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located on the southern coastline of Tenerife, (Canary Islands, Spain), and acquired its DO in 1996.

Geography[edit]

The vineyards are planted at altitudes of between 200 m and 1,800 m on the slopes of the Teide, an extinct volcano and the highest mountain in Spain at 3,715 m.

Soils[edit]

The soils on the lower slopes contain clay along with limestone and marl.

Climate[edit]

Due to the height of the Teide mountain, there are numerous microclimates within the characteristic subtropical climate of the Canary islands. At sea level, the climate is hot and subtropical, very sunny with sporadic rainfall. Between 550 m and 1,200, at cloud level, the humidity is higher, rainfall more frequent and the temperatures are lower. Above the cloud level, the climate is much drier, greater contrast between night and day temperatures, snow is normal and minimum temperature can fall to -5°C.

Grapes[edit]

The preferred authorized varieties are as follows:

Also authorized:

Traditionally the vines were planted as low bushes (en vaso) though newly planted vineyards tend to be on trellises (en espaldera).

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