This DO covers nine municipalities including the town of Icod de los Vinos in the north and Guía de Isora in the south. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the Teide, an extinct volcano, at altitudes of between 50 m and 1,500 m above sea-level.
The vines are planted on many different types of soil though the most common have a significant volcanic ash and rock content. Along the coast they are mainly sandy and volcanic while inland they contain more volcanic material and sandy clay.
The climate in the DO area is one of the hottest in Tenerife, yet the winter temperatures fall low enough for frost to form. Rainfall is relatively high on the western facing slopes of the Teide. Between the months of May and August the trade winds provide humidity. Storms are not frequent but may cause occasional damage in the vineyards.
- Maximum summer temperature: 42.5ºC
- Minimum winter temperature: 4.5ºC
- Mean annual rainfall: 540 mm
- Mean annual sunlight: 3,190 hrs
The preferred authorized varieties are as follows:
- White varieties: Bermejuela, Gual, Malvasía, Moscatel, Pedro Ximénez, Verdello, Vijariego, Albillo, Sabro, Torrontés
- Red varieties: Tintilla, Listán negro, Malvasía rosada, Negramoll, Castellana,
- White varieties: Bastardo blanco, Forastera blanca, Listán blanco, Sabro, Torrontés
- Red varieties: Bastardo negro, Moscatel negra, Vijariego negra
The maximum production authorized by the DO Regulatory Council is 10,000 kg/ha, and the maximum authorized yield from the must is 74%.