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Braided Wine of Tenerife

On the slopes of the Teide in Tenerife, the braided vines of the denomination of origin Orotava Valley, protected wine in 1995, are spread out.

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By intertwining the vine shoots and keeping them separate from the ground, they managed to design a form of mobile cultivation that spreads across the land when necessary but can be harvested and removed at other times of the year, leaving space for other much-needed complementary crops.

They must visualise plants in contact with the soil at a single point at the edge of the plots, suspended above the ground at a height of 60 centimetres by wooden poles and with a length of more than 10 metres; a spectacle that required a great deal of manual, artisan work to plait their shoots as well as the rest of the associated tasks.
This unique way of handling the crop, which experts have called Cordón Múltiple, or Cordón Trenzado, made agriculture in the Valley a form of agricultural production that created a unique landscape on the island of great aesthetic value.

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