Located up a track off the main road leading up from the coast, just north of Sayalonga, is the Bodegas Bentomiz winery which has fantastic Mediterranean views and lot of fun events throughout the year. Good winter rains and long dry summers, heat softened by sea breezes, and the Bodega’s 80 to 100-year-old vines and slate soils result in a range of fresh, delicate wines; white, red, rosé; dry and sweet.
Visitors can enjoy touring vineyard, guided tastings, and superb food by chef Juan Quinanilla which is designed to perfectly complement the superb wines. We have tried them and especially enjoyed the bodega’s rosé wine!
BODEGA ALMIJARA/VINOS JAREL
Much closer to ‘home’ is Bodegas Almijara which is just off the main road to Competa (from Casa Torre) and is signposted Vinos Jarel (the local wine). The Bodega was established in 1993 and produces excellent wine from the muscatel grape. It is open most days and you can pop in for wine tasting for a small charge.
Just south of Competa is the wonderful local garden centre, Viveros Florena. The owner, Lorraine Cavanagh, has created an oasis of beautiful plants and items for the garden. Her company is responsible for the gardens at Casa Torre.
Every Wednesday morning from 10:30 am, there is an open house and often, a farmer’s market. It’s well worth a visit!