Exploring Lanzarote’s vineyards
Swept by both Trade and Gulf winds, Lanzarote’s unique position amid the other Canary Isles affords it a climate of year-round sunshine and landscapes able to nurture a range of flora and fauna. Grape vines thrive here, growing in sunken pits dug into the volcanic ash and sheltered from the wind by lava stone walls. Lanzarote consequently boasts just under 20 vineyards, and it’s not surprising when you consider its mild temperature and volcanic environment. Here we take a look at what you can expect from some of these vineyards and how you can visit one – or several – during your stay on the island.
Step back in time
If you truly want to appreciate the traditional methods used in a Canarian vineyard, venture inside El Grifo, the oldest on Lanzarote and the 10th oldest in Spain. Founded in 1775, this winery has evolved over time, but still houses vines from 1881, as well as a museum that showcases the original screw press and plenty of interesting facts about this long-standing family business. Grapes are still tended manually here and wines include the Moscatel de Ana and Canari, plus the Malvasia Dry and Semi-Sweet Collections.
El Grifo is located just 20 minutes outside of Puerto del Carmen by car, perfect for those who have booked apartments there. Guided tours of the vineyard take place at set times between Monday and Sunday and booking is essential.
Follow a wine trail
Enthusiasts might wish to take in a number of vineyards on a tour of Lanzarote’s La Geria region to the southwest of the island. Bordering the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, take a hire car along the winding road that takes you past wine bars, small villages, distinctive black fields and restaurants, or you could also enjoy a walking tour. Visit Bodega La Geria, the most popular winery in Spain, or take in a much newer option at Bodegas Stratvs, which overlooks the red mountains at Timanfaya and offers guided tours that last around an hour with both sweet and dry wines on offer.
To the north of Lanzarote the Winery Malpais de Maguez produces La Grieta wine. Grapes are harvested between July and October here, and the best are manually selected in the cellar after collection. While you’re here, be sure to sample the reds at Malpais de Maguez – they come with a northern flavour that provides a true taste of the Canaries.
Lanzarote is so compact that no matter which of our resorts you stay in, it is easy to reach local vineyards either by rental car, or on a bus tour. There is no better way to sample the home-grown flavours of the Canary Isles.
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