Wines, Drinks & Desserts in Tenerife, Spain

Typical Tenerife Wine & Drink
red wine Dating back to the dates of the Spanish conquest, Tenerife is known for the sweet red wines attained principally from the Malvasia grape. You'll find five Tenerife wine regions with a Mark of Origin:

  • Tacoronte-Acentejo Wine , Tenerife
  • Valle de Orotava Wine, Tenerife
  • Ycoden-Daute-Isora Wine, Tenerife
  • Abona Wine, Tenerife
  • Valle de Güímar Wine, Tenerife

The Canary Islands, known for their historical affinity of both rum (the Canary Islands were the place of origin for the sugar cane that Spain brought to Latin America) and honey, eventually mixed the two to create ron-miel, or honey rum. The savory rum boasting a hint of sweet honey is popular in the Canary Islands to which is it native and is taken straight- if you mix it you'll lose the flavor!

Typical Tenerife Desserts
As you'll find out in no time, Tinerfeños, as the Tenerife locals are called, have quite the sweet tooth and aren't afraid to show it! Using local products and a delectable combination of spices and seasonings, Tenerife's desserts are the way to end your meal with a flavor-packed, confectionary bang.

  • Truchas de batata: Puff pastry filled with sweet yams, almonds and cinammon
  • Huevos mole: Pudding-like dessert made from egg yolks, sugar and cinnamon
  • Rosquetes: Pastries typical of La Laguna
  • Plátanos fritos: Fried bananas
  • Flan de gofio: Custard featuring gofio canario
  • "Bienmesabe": Basically meaning "it tastes good," bienmesabe is a sweet syrup made from ground almonds, sugar, egg yolks, ground cinnamon, grated lemon rind and often a dash of sweet wine or honey rum that is either eaten on bread or incorporated into desserts.
  • Miel de palma: Palm honey native to La Gomera made by boiling the sap found at the highest part of a palm tree and often used to complement desserts.