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Bodegas Torres wins again 2015

Bodegas Torres has been voted – for the second consecutive year – ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brand’ in the ranking produced annually by the leading British magazine Drinks International.

06.04.2015 – The jury made up of more than 200 of the world’s top masters of wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists awarded Torres the highest distinction, thus leading the ranking of more than 50 brands from all over the world which the magazine defines as “a pool of established names that have proven themselves to be respected global leaders.”

Holly Motion, editor of the ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ says: “When branding relies so heavily on reassurance it is an even greater achievement to not only appear in this list but keep hold of a position in it.”  Bodegas Torres has achieved this, being the number one in the 2014 and 2015 ranking, after holding the second position in the previous three years.  Moreover Torres is the only Spanish and European winery having obtained this highest distinction so far.

In this year’s ranking Torres is followed by another Spanish winery Vega Sicilia, Penfolds from Australia, Villa Maria from New Zealand and Chateau d’Yquem from France.  The countries with greater presence in the list are France with 13 wineries, followed by the US with seven and Spain, Chile and Australia with six wineries each.

The ranking is elaborated on the basis of the opinions and perceptions of the jury members who were asked to base their three votes on the following criteria: the wine should be of consistent or improving quality, it should reflect its region or country of origin, it should respond to the needs and tastes of its target audience, it should be well marketed and packaged and the wine should have strong appeal to a wide demographic.

General Manager Miguel Torres Maczassek stated, “Having been chosen for the second consecutive year fills us with pride and satisfaction, and it is of course a recognition for all the work and effort of all our employees, distributors and the five generations of the family.  All have contributed to the prestige of our brand and it being perceived as a guarantee of quality all over the world.  Our commitment is to continue producing high quality wines that reflect even more the personality of each region and each vineyard, authentic wines and the great quality.”

For more information, visit the Torres website:

Info from Island connections

Puerto de la Cruz – New San Telmo Promenade Finished and Open

Photo tweeted by Tenerife president Carlos Alonso

Photo tweeted by Tenerife president Carlos Alonso

Update 11 March 2015:  The protesters lost, and the wall went. And now, the new San Telmo promenade is finished and open. And looking good, as the above photos show.

Copyright: Alberto Salazar Carballo

Update 9 June 2014: Despite protests and petitions, the wall has started to come down. The above photo shows the bulldozers in place and part of the wall already in rubble. The plan for its replacement is not clear, but is likely to be the glass and steel model discussed last year.

San Telmo sea wall in Puerto de la Cruz:  photo from the Facebook protest page

Original post 18 October 2013: An almighty row is brewing in Puerto de la Cruz. There was already some bad feeling arising from the Ayuntamiento’s upmarket push (link), with new bylaws to outlaw plastic terrace furniture in restaurants, hotels and bars, and to enforce colour branding in the town. Further irritation was caused by the council’s attempt to enforce street cleanliness (link), with fines up to €3,000 for anythig from spitting to shaking carpets: there were even restrictions on watering plants on the outside of buildings.

Now, however, the council itself is being accused of vandalism, and of forcing through change for the sake of change. The San Telmo sea wall is quite a feature of the town’s frontage, but the municipal planners want to alter the feel of the promenade and replace the wall with a glass and steel barrier. The plans have given rise to protest marches and leaflet drops, and there is even a Facebook page (link) dedicated to protesting against plans that are seen as mindless destruction of an historic part of the town’s infrastructure.

The council, for its own part, denies that the wall has any heritage value, and says that the new barrier is needed to protect the town from the sea. Some might wonder if the wall hadn’t done that quite effectively throughout its existence …

Info From Janet Anscombe

Tráfico seatbelt and Childseat Campaign Tenerife

Photo: Dir. Gen. Tráfico

The Dir. Gral. Tráfico ‏has announced a seatbelt and childseat campaign for this week. Checkpoint controls will be set throughout the country from today until 15 March. They’ll be checking documents of people who are stopped as well as that their seatbelts work and are being worn, and that any children are correctly seated in child or booster seats. Tenerife

info Care of Janet Anscombe 

Extra hand-luggage checks from 1st March

From tomorrow, 1 March, travellers to and from all Spanish airports including those in the Canaries will have to expect further inspections of hand luggage to comply with Spain’s adoption of EU directive 2015/187. This requires Aena to impose controls for trace explosives throughout its network, and any electrical items, including irons, hair dryers, cameras and any battery-operated objects including toys will be subject to specific inspection. Aena network director Fernando Echegaray said that the new regulations will “improve defences against the threat of improvised devices hidden in hand luggage, and are the result of recent data concerning new ways that explosives can be hidden in hand luggage. The new measures have no impact on rules about carrying liquids over 100ml in hand luggage in EU airports, which remain in place.

Check Out for more Info Janet Anscombe

TF1 extension saga – continued

TF1 extension saga – continued

Update 17 February 2015: Guía de Isora ayuntamiento says that the two 180m arches for the bridge over the barranco de Erques which forms part of the TF1 extension are now in Tenerife, and construction on the last remaining piece of the Adeje-Santiago del Teide stretch will begin next month. The bridge will be a 160m suspension design because the barranco de Erques is a protected area, and the size of the span meant that the infrastructure had to be made in stages in Italy and Cádiz. Each arch has been brought here in three sections, so six in total, and these will be transported to the barranco and assembled in situ. It is estimated that the process will take three or four months, becoming operational by the end of June, when the stretch is planned to be opened, as announced last November.

Update 25 November 2014: I imagine that most people’s response will be “I’ll believe it when I see it”, but an agreement has been signed today by the Canarian Government’s consejero de Obras Públicas, Transportes y Política Territorial, Domingo Berriel, and Tenerife President Carlos Alonso to finish the Adeje-Santiago del Teide stretch of the ring road motorway extension. The agreement will see €10m put into the works, €4m from the Cabildo and €6m from the the Canarian government. The stretch is expected to be functioning (maybe not fully finished but open to traffic) by the middle of 2015 in two parts – Vera de Erques to Santiago del Teide by end March, and Armeñime to Vera de Erques by end June.

Update 6 October 2014: The Canarian government says that its roadworks priority for 2015 is the completion of the southern section of the TF1, and that it has already set aside €6m from the public works budget for the El Bicho tunnel and the Adeje-Santiago del Teide stretch of the motorway. The government says that its commitment is based on the importance of the entire ringroad project, and will be fulfilled despite cuts at national level from €220m to €54m. The southern extension is currently the only works project that has a financial commitment for next year, and if works continue now as planned, will open in March 2015, and the sticking point of the barranco de Erques should see the first pair of arches for the viaduct in place by the end of next month.

Update 2 December 2013: Despite the timescales as posted immediately below, which saw the Icod-El Tanque extension completed next year and the Adeje-Santiago extention waiting until 2015, the Cabildo has now announced that the schedule and funding will be rearranged so that the south extension works will be brought forward, and the Adeje-Santiago stretch completed, in the main, in 2014. The Cabildo is now putting the change of schedule to the Canarian Government for final approval.

Unfortunately for those who live in the Tijoco-Tejina-Vera de Erques areas, it is their part – the ongoing seemingly insuperable problem with bridging the barranco de Erques – that will have to wait until 2015. The “main part” of the extension to be completed next year is the túnel del Bicho and the Vicácaro bridge. This means that the TF1, as far as traffic is concerned, will still end at Adeje, and resume at Tejina to continue on to Santiago del Teide (the so-called “chicken run” stretch), where it will find another gap awaiting completion through El Tanque.

I suppose we should really be pleased that some works are going ahead, but at some point they really are going to have to come to terms with bridging that Erques barranco … otherwise the whole extension will have been something of a joke.

Update 7 November 2013:  The Tenerife Cabildo and the Canarian Government have jointly announced funding for next year that guarantees the completion of the TF1 extension by 2015. Cabildo president Carlos Alonso said that the island would receive €146.7m from the regional government for road development, a sum which would permit prioritised works to continue despite “brutal” cuts in funding from Madrid. The road funding in Tenerife will be directed to completing the northern Icod-El Tanque portion of the ring road with funding of €131m; this should be open to traffic during the course of next year. The southern Santiago del Teide-Adeje stage, with total funding of €10m between 2014 and 2015, should be open in 2015.

Because this saga has been ongoing so long, I’ve split previous posts to make it less unwieldy on the front page. All previous posts are HERE.

 Thanks To Janet Anscombe

Tenerife’s official public holidays for 2015

The Canarian government has fixed the calendar of public holidays for 2015.

– 1 January (Año Nuevo/New Year’s Day)
– 6 January (Epifanía del Señor/Epihany)
– 2 April  (Jueves Santo/Easter Thursday)
– 3 April (Viernes Santo/Easter Friday)
– 1 May (Fiesta del Trabajo/Workers’ Day)
– 30 May (Día de Canarias/Canarian Day)
– 15 August (Asunción de la Virgen/Assumption)
– 12 October (Fiesta Nacional de España/Spain Day)
– 2 November (Monday after Todos los Santos/All Saints Day)
– 8 December (Inmaculada Concepción/Immaculate Conception)
– 25 December (Natividad del Señor/Christmas Day)

The above dates are the fiestas for the Canaries together with the extra day which each island enjoys which, in Tenerife’s case, is 2 February for the island’s patron saint day, the Virgen de la Candelaria.

In addition to the 11 public holidays plus 1 island day, each municipality has its own two days bringing the total number of holidays to 14. It is the proliferation of these two local days throughout the island that gives the impression that it’s the whole of Tenerife that is constantly on holiday. These local festival dates will be announced later this year.

A walk around the globe at the new Palmetum

The amazing story of how a huge rubbish tip became a unique botanical garden.

The official opening of the Palmetum in Santa Cruz has caused an unprecedented wave of excitement.

Not only did it receive the Royal seal of approval from the Prince and Princess of Asturias, it also becomes one of the capital’s biggest tourism attractions and a pivot point for the city’s revival.

In the words of the Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, it is “the miracle plant of Santa Cruz”. He used the description because 30 years ago, the site on which the botanical garden now stands was nothing more than barren land used only as landfill. However, for Tene-rife’s capital, it may well be a miracle in another sense of the word as the Palmetum is already generating publicity around the world and will be visited by hundreds of thousands of people.

The Royal opening event was attended by representatives of the international media, photographers, journalists and television crews eager to capture a story which many felt would never have a happy ending.

The ambitious project had to overcome huge hurdles over the last three decades, including the challenges of preparing the site perched high up on the Lazareto mountain overlooking the sea, capital below and the Anaga mountains, as well as the massive financial cost. The landfill site closed in 1983 but it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that the transformation slowly began.

Bit by bit, plants and trees from all parts of the world were planted, to take root for the future.

The Prince and Princess led the admiration as they enjoyed a 40-minute tour of the gardens which feature more than 2,000 different plant species, of which 472 are palm trees, the best and largest collection in Europe. One of the unique species is the tahina palm, discovered in 2008.

It has lakes, streams and waterfalls set in 11,500 square metres on the mountain plateau and a long mean-dering pathway which takes the visitor on a very special botanical journey. There are rubber plants, exotic fruits and puzzle trees, with 70 of the species being endangered and 14 of them on the critical list. The most delicate are contained within “El Octógono”.

There are 14 sections in all and a tour of the Palmetum has been likened to “a walk around the globe” with many countries represented, includ-ing Hawaii, Africa, Central America, Borneo, the Philippines, Australia, the Caribbean, Madagascar and even the Solomon Islands.

“An extraordinary setting” was how the Prince described it, a public park and botanical garden which combined science and social environ-ment with sensitivity and tourism management. Twenty five years ago, he added, it would have looked so different.

Don Felipe said the bo-tanical garden within the park placed it amongst the most important of its kind. He added that it was amazing how a former rubbish dump could be transformed into a place of such beauty.

The Mayor said that with the opening of the Palmetum, Santa Cruz took another step forward to becoming a more lively, attractive, dynamic city and, of course, a greener one. It also represented an extraordinary opportunity for the city as a major tourist attraction, one which would become a land-mark worldwide. He also described it as a triumph of will and patience.

For the first few days of February, special open days were held when admission was free and how man could create the best conditions and the most beautiful scenery from the worst environmental conditions.

From February 6th, the Palmetum opens Thursday to Sunday, remaining closed to the public on other days of the week. The hours are 10.30am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 6.30pm, admission being with a ticket which costs 1.50 euros for residents and four euros for other members of the public. There is also a special price of one euro for the unemployed, those over the age of 65, under-12s and large families.

From March, a campaign will be launched to promote environmental awareness with organised visits from schools, associations, universities and others. In this case, visits should be made be-tween Monday and Wednesday, although it might be possible to fit them in on another day.

Brits go all-out for All-Inclusives

MORE than three million people opted for all-inclusive holidays in the Tenerife & Canary Islands last year.

But the 3,212,050 figure – 28.8% of the overall total – supplied by the Canary Islands Statistics Institute (Istac), was 51,419 fewer than in 2012.

Despite the drop, it was still the most popular option for visitors, ahead of flight and accommodation (2,804,407) and half-board (2,121,183).

The all-inclusives again attracted more British holiday-makers than any other nation, 1,064,362, and they were also No.1 in the loyalty chart. Of the 3,957,776 who came to the Canaries last year, 1,501,908 had been at least three times previously.

But the Germans stayed the longest on average, each chalking up 10.78 days on the Islands, followed by the British (9.71) and and the Spanish (8.04).

As for those holiday-makers opting for apartments, their stay averaged just over 1½ days longer than those who stayed in hotels (10.36 days against 8.74 days).

In a survey of the 8,838,397 tourists here last year, most voted their stay “very good” or “good”, with just 58,407 offering a negative view.

The British were the most generous with their reviews (2,707,065) and the Spanish most critical.

And in a scale of one to 10, the Islands’ best assets (rated 8 or above) were the climate, hospitality, scenery and tranquillity.

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Liquids confusion

Changes to the draconian rules on the carriage of liquids and gels in hand luggage at airports came into force at the end of January but appear to have brought more confusion than clarity, including in the Canaries.

As word began to spread that the rules in force at EU airports since 2006 had been relaxed, some confusion arose as to what the changes actually involved.  A detailed look at the amendments shows that nothing is really that different at present, with the exception of the treatment of duty-free liquids bought in non-EU airports by transfer passengers.

Contrary to rumours circulating on various sites and social media, the limit of 100 ml for liquids and gels and the obligation to present them in a transparent bag remain in force.  The only easing of the restrictions covers medications, dietary food and baby foods, which may be carried on board once they have been checked by the new liquid analysers installed in most EU airports.  “It is very much a case of ‘as you were’ after 31 January, despite the widespread belief that the situation has changed” said a civil aviation source.  It’s believed, however, that the slight changes are a sign that further relaxations of the strict rules are in the pipeline.

Let’s hope that the vultures at the airports will soon be forced to reduce the cost of bottled water which increased in price threefold overnight when the restrictions were introduced.

Liquids confusion Full Story Read Hear

Bye Bye BBC in Tenerife

THERE was TV chaos in Tenerife yesterday (Thursday) as thousands of residents discovered they had lost their BBC service.

The outdated Astra 2A satellite service (pictured) was switched to the Astra 2E, a new satellite service which transmits two beams.

The first is the UK Spot beam (pictured). This service covers the UK and is designed to give a powerful signal to the target audience.

The free-to-air terrestrial channels have been moved to this service, including all the BBC channels. It is understood that the ITV channels along with the Channel 4 and Channel 5 service will also be switched to this beam in the next few days.

The second service, called the Pan European beam (pictured), has a much broader coverage range and brings some joy to us here in Tenerife.

While this service will not carry the free-to-air channels, it will broadcast a host of popular stations and new channels.

These include all the movie channels, National Geographic, Comedy Central, Sky News, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports 1, 2 and 3. All these channels will be available on a standard dish in standard definition.

As we go to press, the full picture on what will and will not be available is still a little cloudy. Our source told us that it will take a few days, or even a couple of weeks, before everything is sorted out.

What is clear is that the BBC channels will not be available to most current satellite viewers.

But there is still hope. Some three-metre dishes have been able to pick up the BBC although, from reports we have received, this has been something of a lottery.

It seems that it all comes down to the quality of the dish. One expert told us: “Some dishes will work and pick up BBC; some will not. In short, it will come down to the quality of the dish. The better the fabrication, the better the chance of getting it.

“Also, older dishes will not work for this. For example, the ‘Channel Master’ Dish’.

“But there are some dishes which seem to be getting the job done, notably the Polish manufactured dishes.”

For many the news is grim, but it’s far worse for those on mainland Spain because they will receive no BBC whatsoever, regardless of their dish size.

Yesterday’s changes will see individual expats and complexes moving into the “next generation” of satellite-viewing here.

Many communities will need to upgrade their equipment or purchase a new dish in order to view BBC from the skies.

Of course, there is a multitude of other ways to watch the UK terrestrial channels – and plenty of companies have various options, including online streaming.

The return to “our” satellite screens of some Sky favourites is a welcome boost. It has been a while since the likes of Comedy Channel and Sky News have been available outside of HD.

Sports fans will be delighted to see most of the Sky Sports channels, and we understand that more “lifestyle” channels will pop up over the next few weeks.

That said, while the ITV, C4 and Five services were available at time of writing, these will be gone in the next fortnight as “our” skies go UK-terrestrial free.

Canarian Weekly