Suertes del Marques


Suertes del Marques is at the pinnacle of Canary Island winemaking, and has been pivotal in putting Tenerife and the Canary Islands once more on the world stage.

Located in the Valle de Orotava, they work only with native grape varieties and everything is done painstakingly by hand in the organically farmed vineyard. These are mostly Listán Blanco and Listán Negro grown on Cordón Trenzado where biodegradable cotton is used to secure the arms of the vine.

They have 11Ha of their own vines (250-750masl) and work with other vine growers in the valley accounting for a further 15Ha (250-800masl).
Vinification is generally started in concrete vats and finished in 500-4,500 litre oak casks using native yeasts, no racking, and only minimal use of sulphites before bottling.


1986 Francisco Javier García Núñez began buying vineyards and selling the grapes to local winemakers
2006 Francisco’s son Jonatan graduates in business and together they begin making, bottling and selling their own wines.
2008 Roberto Santana joins, introducing organic viticulture and low-intervention philosophy.
2016 left to work with Envínate, at which point Jonatan took over the full operational running of the vineyard and cellar.

Jonatan also consults for nearby wineries (look out for Presas Ocampo’s “Ocampo” labels, a friend of Francisco’s that Jonatan is helping to increase quality and brand prestige) and has projects in Gran Canaria (technical consultant for Tamerán, owned by footballer David Silva). All these wines have Jonatan’s signature elegance and oak fermentation / ageing


Suertes del Marques have 3 main ranges of wines: Village Wines, Single Vineyard, Special Vilifications. All grapes varieties are vinified separately before any blending.
Look out for “VP” (Viñedos Propias) on the labels indicating that the wine is from their own vineyards.

As of the end of 2023, their portfolio consists of:

Village wines

from a variety of vineyard plots on & off their property. These are wines that can be enjoyed without much bottle ageing and can be distinguished by the images on their labels.

  • Trenzado  –  a white blend of mainly Listán Blanco named after the traditional cordón trenzado on which most of the grapesa are grown.
  • 7 Fuentes  –  a blend of Listán Negro + Tintilla from 35 plots of 10 t0 180 year old vines. Fresh with upfront fruit and prominent pepper / spice. 7 Fuentes accounts for around 50% of Suertes’ production.
  • (El Lance  –  a red blend that has been incorporated into the “7 Fuentes” since 2023)
  • Medianías  –  a red blend of Listán Negro, Vijariego Negro and Tintilla from the “Midlands” zone about 600 masl. Ripe berries and fragrant floral character.
  • La Floridita  –  Listán Negro + 10% Listán Blanco, fermented in 500l oak and aged in oak & steel.
  • Cool  –  Listán Negro + 30% Listán Blanco. Vinified in uncoated concrete.
Single Vineyard (Finca El Esquilón)

These are structured, single vineyard wines that benefit from bottle ageing and can be distinguished by the classic labels with no images.

  • Vidonia -Listán Blanco. Premium, complex and in Burgundian style. Named after the white wines of the region in the 1600s.
  • La Solana  –  Listán Negro  from 100-150 year old vines on clay layer over volcanic rock giving fruitiness and minerality.
  • Candio  –  Listán Negro from 80-150 year old vines on the El Barranco plot. Named after the ravine running through their vineyards.
  • El Esquilón  –  Listán Negro (80 year old vines on a 1.2Ha north facing plot at 450 – 550 masl) + Tintilla (20 years old)
  • El Chibirique  – Listán Negro (60-80 year old vines on a 0.4Ha East facing amphitheatre shaped plot at 380 – 430 masl
  • Las Suertes  (previously called El Ciruelo) – Listán Negro
  • Cruz Santa  – Vijariego Negro from Cruz Santa in La Orotava town. A lighter, fresher stye of the grape.
  • Los Pasitos  –  Baboso Negro from a small 0.25Ha NE facing plot at 390 – 450 masl. A lighter, fresher stye of the grape.
  • Malvasía Rosada  –  from the pink mutation of Mavasía Aromática. Flavours of fresh fruits, balsamic herbs and spices.
  • Vidueño  – a field blend of 20 red and white grape varieties from young 10-20 year old vines, whole-bunch fermented and aged 10 months in 500l oak barrels. Black and red fruit, rose petal and black pepper.
  • ‘Edición 1’  –  The best barrel of Listán Blanco from El Ciruelo/Las Suertes. Only 640 bottles produced, and sold exclusively to select export clients.
Special Vinifications

Limited edition sweet solera style wines started in 2010 (around 40-50 litres of each are bottled annually)

  • Blanco Dulce  –  Listán Blanco (high altitude) + Malvasía Aromática in a single 300 litre barrel.
  • Tinto Dulce  –  Listán Negro + Baboso Negro grapes from El Esquilón estate.. 2 x 225 liters barrels
  • Fortificado  –  Listán Blanco aged 70 months in 300l Madeira barrels, in a Madeira, fortified, oxidative style. Only 330 bottles produced every 3-4 years.

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Producer Info

Winery: Suertes del Marques
Established: 2006
Winemaker: Jonatan García Lima
Hectares: 11 (own) + 15 (rent)
Vine age: 10-200+ y/o


Albillo Criollo, Gual, Listán Blanco, Malvasía Volcánica, Marmajuelo, Pedro Ximenez, Torrontés Volcánica
Baboso Negro, Castellana Negra, Listán Negro, Malvasia Rosada, Tintilla, Vijariego Negro
Philosophy: To preserve a viticulture and wine-making heritage dating back five centuries.
Viticulture: Organic
Vinification: Natural, minimal intervention (minimal sulphites before bottling)
Bottles/year: 120,000