Located in the beautiful enclave of Las Vegas, Tenerife, Finca Vegas Winery was established in the 1980s. With a total area of 6 hectares located between a 60m high stone “cliff” and a natural ravine, the estate has just over 2.5 hectares of its own vineyards. The Baboso Blanco, Castellana Negra, Syrah and Malvasía Rosada grape varieties are planted 600m above sea level in soils that are characterized by being volcanic-sandy with a large amount of volcanic rock. An extreme viticulture, manual labor focused on the quality of the grape and respect for the environment.
“In 1997, a good client asked me to find a farm for him and his family. On my first visit to the then, for me, the unknown town of Las Vegas and when arriving at the entrance door of Finca Vegas, I was overwhelmed by the aroma of the flowers of the mandarins that flanked like soldiers in the entrance way of this beautiful farm.
My heart stayed there and I had the feeling… that day… that one day that farm would be mine. In 2003 my dream came true, “Finca Vegas” became the property of the Weytjens family.
A lot of hard work and investment went into it and today it is the hub of cozy gatherings for family and friends. In 2005, our eldest son Anthony decided to study oenology at the University of Bordeaux. A father could not have a more beautiful dream, my passion would be transmitted in a professional way to the next generations.’’
At Finca Vegas – “we toast for the family”
“BEHIND A GREAT WINE THERE IS A GREAT FAMILY”
After an education that included the Canary Islands, Barcelona and Bordeaux, Anthony Weytjens settled at Finca Vegas in Las Vegas, Tenerife.
At the young age of 3, Anthony’s family moved to the Canary Islands, but it wasn’t until his parents bought a wine estate in the early 2000s that Anthony was able to experience what it means to make wine.
“That moment changed my life. I spent a lot of time with our winemaker and I knew that I had found my passion.”
Changing the course of his life, he decided to leave his studies in Barcelona and start a course of Higher Technician in Viticulture and Oenology in Montagne-Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux).
After obtaining his degree, he studied at the Bordeaux University of Sciences, graduating in Biology in 2009.
In 2011 Anthony completed his professional studies and obtained his Master in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Oenology in Bordeaux.
Thanks to this new and extensive knowledge, he was able to get some highly coveted internships at some of the best Chateaux in France.
He was even offered the opportunity to work in Napa Valley and thus began his career in California, United States.
The climate in Napa is very similar to that of the Canary Islands, and the uniqueness of California winemaking methods sparked his desire to learn more.
Working on various aspects of winemaking, vineyard management, and wine brand development, he gained a thorough understanding of the wine industry from grape to bottle.
Anthony’s vision for Finca Vegas is to represent the true character of the grapes he is using. Giving importance to the vineyard as the first step in winemaking is essential to produce quality wines.